What Kind of License Do You Need to Drive a Tow Truck in Georgia?

Driving a tow truck in Georgia requires you to have the proper license. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is responsible for issuing licenses to those who wish to drive a tow truck in the state.

The license requirements vary depending on the type of tow truck being operated and the purpose for which it is being used.

For example, if you are planning to operate a tow truck for commercial purposes, such as providing roadside assistance or hauling vehicles for repairs, then you will need a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). This type of license requires that you pass a written exam and demonstrate your ability to safely operate a vehicle of this size.

If you plan to use your tow truck for recreational purposes, such as transporting boats or trailers, then you may be able to get by with only a regular driver’s license. However, some counties may require that you obtain an additional permit before operating the vehicle.

Additionally, there are certain requirements for anyone who plans to operate a tow truck in Georgia. You must be at least 18 years old and have proof of insurance on the vehicle. You must also pass a background check and provide proof of residency in Georgia.


Overall, obtaining the proper license to drive a tow truck in Georgia depends on what type of vehicle it is and how it will be used. If it is being used commercially, then a Class B CDL is required; however, if it will be used recreationally then only a regular driver’s license may be necessary.

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Stephen Dunn