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Old 04-16-2007, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know if a Kansas farmer driving a 18-wheeler is exempt from getting a CDL as long as he is within 150 miles of farm and semi is only for farm-use?
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Carolina, I believe that a KS farmer doesn't need a CDL if driving his own semi (or the hired man driving the farm semi) as long as it's for Farm Use Only.
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He needs a Class A though. If you're going to get that, it's just as easy to get a CDL.
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Class A is a CDL. Last time I checked a farmer doesn't need a CDL to do his own work and it's not driven commercially (for others).
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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http://www.kcc.state.ks.us/trans/farm_compliance.htm

I'll let you read that yourself.

If you are legally allowed to drive a truck without a CDL, then you should carry a copy of that webpage (or the equivalent from some book) with you in the truck. If you ever get pulled over, there is a good chance the DOT officer won't be aware of that exemption, even if you are within the law.

P.S. I wouldn't take advise on legal issues from some Internet forum. If you were to get incorrect information, there is no accountability. However, if you get your info from a reputable website, such as the one above, then you should be just fine. That site is a state.ks.us domain name, so it is the government in control of that information. If you're still in doubt, take that to the DOT office and have them look up the laws since the reference numbers are listed there too. Better safe than sorry, especially if you were to get written a ticket for not having a license by some DOT person that didn't know better.

-Lance <-- Was written a citation by the MN DOT for a similar offense because the officer didn't know about the exclusion.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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KDOT just put on a meeting at our local coop about farm truck rules and regulations, so I am up to date on this stuff. You do not have to have a CDL, but you do have to have a non commercial class A to drive a semi. To get your non comm. class A, you take a regular vehicle test and then do the driving test with a semi. You do not have to inspect the truck. But, you can only go in a 150 mile radius hauling YOUR products. The guy made it clear that if it wasn't your products (even if it's your neighbors), then you have to have the truck licensed commercially and you have to have a CDL. If you have any more questions I still have the handout he gave us so I can probably answer it.
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And you can not cross state lines either, or you fall under Fed regulation requiring a CDL, including med card, name on side of truck, DOT #'s, IFTA permits.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I posted this at another place on this site, but didn't get any replies. Can a non-US citizen get a CDL license as long as they are legal to be here? The great state of MS says no, they say that is federal regs. You have to be a US citizen to obtain a CDL license according to them. They can't show me this in writing though. Thanks
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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When I was on harvest run in 1994 and 1995 we had guys from Zimbabwe and England and they all had CDL's with hazmat. Our service trucks required hazmat.
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Quote:I posted this at another place on this site, but didn't get any replies. Can a non-US citizen get a CDL license as long as they are legal to be here? The great state of MS says no, they say that is federal regs. You have to be a US citizen to obtain a CDL license according to them. They can't show me this in writing though. Thanks

I done harvest in 99 and me and the rest of the crew who were not US citizens all got our CDL in Kansas. We all had temporary work visas.
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