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In 1986, the United States Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act which required a uniformed standard for obtaining commercial driver licensing in the United States.
This act and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations define which commercial motor vehicles require a CDL and are classified into three groups:
Endorsements can be added to the basic CDL:
|T||-||Combination of vehicles with double or triple trailers.|
|N||-||Vehicles used to haul liquids or gaseous materials in permanent tanks or portable tanks having a rating capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.|
|P||-||Any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.|
|H||-||Any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials in placardable amounts.|
|X||-||Any tank vehicle used to transport placardable amounts of hazardous materials.|
One or more written knowledge tests must be passed before any CDL, or endorsement permit, is granted:
A skills test composed of the following three elements is required:
A valid medical examination must be presented with any CDL application.
The CDL manual and additional documents can be otained from the Indiana BMV.
Effective January 1st, 2017, the BMV will no longer issue Chauffer or Public Passenger Chauffeur licenses. The For-Hire Endorsement to an Operator's licesne is now required to operate the vehicles listed below. These vehicles are not subject to CDL requirements.
A For-Hire Endoresement is required to operate the following:
Vehicles that require an operator's license with the For-Hire endorsement require compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations including (49 CFR 391) physical qualifications, unless exempted under state law (IC 8-2.1-24-18).