You don't need a cdl unless you're rated at over 26,000 but in Ca you will have to have a weight sticker and deal with scales, etc. CA considers anything larger than a one ton to be commercial. One tons with a regular bed aren't but as soon as you put a flatbed on it it's commercial.I have a ram 5500 flatbed for hauling bees. Do I need to have a CDL to haul my own bees within California? Do I need to stop at weigh stations and all the other bs for commercial vehicles?