Who needs a Commercial Driver License? All drivers who operate a commercial motor vehicle are required to have a Commercial Driver License. The law does provide for some exemptions. A driver that meets one or more of the criteria listed below will not be required to have a CDL. However, the driver is required to have a Class AB, or C Non-CDL License. Who is exempt from a CDL? (Certification form CDL-2 required) Persons operating the following vehicles are exempt from a Commercial Driver License: 1. A vehicle that is controlled and operated by a farmer, used to transport agricultural products, farm machinery, or farm supplies to or from a farm, not used in the operations of a common or contract motor carrier, and used within 150 air miles of the person’s farm. 2. A firefighting or emergency vehicle necessary to the preservation of life or property or the execution of emergency governmental functions, whether operated by an employee of apolitical subdivision or by a volunteer firefighter (this includes operators of industrial emergency vehicles). 3. A military vehicle, when operated for military purposes by military personnel, members of the Reserves and National Guard on active duty, including personnel on full-time National Guard duty, personnel on part-time training, and National Guard military technicians.