A. Except as provided in subsections B and C of this section and section 28-3102, the following driver license classes are valid:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 28-3101

  • Autocycle: means a three-wheeled motorcycle on which the driver and passengers ride in a fully or partially enclosed seating area that is equipped with a roll cage, safety belts for each occupant and antilock brakes and that is designed to be controlled with a steering wheel and pedals. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Bus: means a motor vehicle designed for carrying sixteen or more passengers, including the driver. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Department: means the department of transportation acting directly or through its duly authorized officers and agents. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Driver: means a person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Driver license: means a license that is issued by a state to an individual and that authorizes the individual to drive a motor vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Endorsement: means an authorization that is added to an individual's driver license and that is required to permit the individual to operate certain types of vehicles. See Arizona Laws 28-3001
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: means the weight that is assigned by the vehicle manufacturer to a vehicle and that represents the maximum recommended total weight including the vehicle and the load for the vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-3001
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Moped: means a bicycle, not including an electric bicycle, an electric miniature scooter or an electric standup scooter, that is equipped with a helper motor if the vehicle has a maximum piston displacement of fifty cubic centimeters or less, a brake horsepower of one and one-half or less and a maximum speed of twenty-five miles per hour or less on a flat surface with less than a one percent grade. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Motor driven cycle: means a motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor that produces not more than five horsepower but does not include an electric bicycle, an electric miniature scooter or an electric standup scooter. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Motorcycle: means a motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and that is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but excludes a tractor, an electric bicycle, an electric miniature scooter, an electric standup scooter and a moped. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • School bus: means a motor vehicle that is designed for carrying more than ten passengers and that is either:

    (a) Owned by any public or governmental agency or other institution and operated for the transportation of children to or from home or school on a regularly scheduled basis. See Arizona Laws 28-101

1. Class A. A class A license is valid for operating either of the following:

(a) A motor vehicle that tows a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand pounds if the combined gross vehicle weight rating is twenty-six thousand one or more pounds.

(b) A vehicle that requires a class B, C or D license.

2. Class B. A class B license is valid for operating any of the following:

(a) A single motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand one or more pounds.

(b) A motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand one or more pounds that tows a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or less.

(c) A vehicle that requires a class C or D license for operation.

3. Class C. A class C license is valid for operating any of the following:

(a) A single motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less.

(b) A motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less that tows a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or less.

(c) A motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less that tows a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand pounds, if the combined gross vehicle weight rating is less than twenty-six thousand one pounds.

(d) A vehicle that is required to be placarded for hazardous materials.

(e) A bus or school bus.

(f) A vehicle that requires a class D license for operation.

4. Class D. A class D license is valid for operating any of the following:

(a) A single motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less, including an autocycle.

(b) A motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less that tows a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or less.

(c) A motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less that tows a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand pounds if the combined gross vehicle weight rating is less than twenty-six thousand one pounds.

(d) A motorized touring vehicle. For the purposes of this subdivision, "motorized touring vehicle" means a motor vehicle that is all of the following:

(i) Owned by a commercial entity.

(ii) Rented for use during a sightseeing tour that is guided by an employee of the commercial entity that rents the motor vehicle.

(iii) Designed to travel with three wheels on the ground.

(iv) Capable of a maximum speed of forty-five miles per hour.

5. Class G. A class G license is valid for operating a single motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand pounds or less.

6. Class M. A class M license is valid for operating a motorcycle, motor driven cycle or moped but is not necessary for operating an autocycle or a motorcycle that has at least three wheels and a three-point safety belt and bucket or bench seats and that is fully enclosed or uses a roll cage frame.  For the purpose of licensing a driver, the department may endorse a class M license classification on a valid class A, B, C, D or G license.

B. A class A, B, C, D or G license is not valid for operating a vehicle that requires a class M license or a vehicle that requires a special endorsement unless the proper endorsement appears on the license.

C. A commercial driver license is not required to operate a vehicle described in subsection A, paragraph 1, 2 or 3 of this section if the vehicle has been issued a historic vehicle license plate pursuant to section 28-2484 and the department provides in the vehicle registration record both of the following:

1. That the vehicle is classified as a noncommercial vehicle and may not be used as a commercial vehicle.

2. The vehicle’s gross vehicle weight is entered as zero.