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All drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). To get a CDL, you will need to pass written knowledge tests, a skills test and a DOT physical examination. This manual is a study guide for passing the written knowledge tests and the CDL skills test. For more information about the CDL, visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ website at www.in.gov/bmv/2854.htm.
You need a CDL if you are driving a commercial motor vehicle that:
There are three classes to the CDL - Class A, Class B, and Class C. Click here to see more information about these three classes.
Class A - Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Examples include:
- Truck & trailer
- Tank vehicles
Class B - Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. Examples include:
- Straight trucks weighing 26,001 or more pounds GVWR
- Buses weighing 26,001 or more pounds, designed to transport 16 passengers including the driver
- Tank vehicles weighing 26,001 or more
Class C - Any single vehicle weighing less than 26,001 pounds GVWR, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. This group applies to vehicles which are placarded for hazardous materials or designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the operator. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Single or combination vehicles, weighing less than 26,001 pounds GVWR
- Buses weighing less than 26,001 GVWR and designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver
- Passenger vehicles weighing less than 26,001 GVWR
If you are a driver who needs a CDL, you must: