As defined in The Motor Carrier Conditions of Carriage Regulations under The Traffic Safety Act, a commercial vehicle is:
- A vehicle registered in Class A, C, D or LV having a gross vehicle weight of 5,000 kg or greater.
- A vehicle registered in Class PB, PS or PC with a seating capacity, according to the manufacturer of that vehicle, of more than 10 persons including the driver.
Class 5 licence requirements and commercial vehicles
A Class 5 driver's licence does not require a medical exam and is not considered a commercial driver's licence but permits you to operate a single 2-axle vehicle regardless of its Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or any combination of a 2-axle vehicle and trailer that does not exceed 4,600 kg.
United States law requires that commercial drivers have a medical examiner’s certificate.
For detailed information on your Class 5 licence and driving in the U.S. with a commercial vehicle or vehicle-trailer combination, visit the Class 5 licence requirements and commercial vehicles page.