If you are interested in starting a new career as a commercial truck or bus driver, and you live in Indiana then you will need to follow the rules and regulations established by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This division of the State of Indiana states all drivers who are 18 years or older qualify to apply for an Indiana CDL license; however, drivers under 21 are restricted on the type of vehicles they can operate as well as the distances they are allowed to travel.
Obtaining an Indiana CDL:
The first step to get an Indiana CDL is to fill out a commercial driver’s license application at your local DMV office as well as undergo a professional physical examination as outlined by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This examination must be done prior to filling out the Indiana CDL application and it also must be performed every two years while you have a license. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers the physical examination form on their website, and it must be signed by a licensed physician.
After you have obtained the signed physical examination form and filled out the Indiana CDL application, you must then take the written examination. This examination is filled with questions from the Indiana CDL Test Booklet, which is available at the end of this article under the “Resources” section.
Like your standard driving license, in order to obtain a Indiana CDL you must first get a Indiana CDL Learner’s Permit. This permit is obtained after completing the general knowledge written examination, which every applicant must take, as well as any other written examination based on the classification of your Indiana CDL license. There are a total of seven possible written examinations. A list of all written exams can be found in the resources section below.
After you have passed the required written exam(s), then you will receive a Indiana CDL Learner’s Permit, which is valid for only 180 days. You must then proceed to the skills examination within this 180 day window to receive your official Indiana CDL.
Schedule a skills test at any registered third-party test sites in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Revenue Motor Carrier Services offers a statewide list of all accredited third-party driving test sites. The list can be located in the “Resources” section below. Upon contacting a testing center, you will be required to pay a testing/licensing fee, and undergo a series of three tests. These tests include: Pre-Trip Inspection Evaluation: Basic Control Test and the final Road Test, which reviews your ability to safely operate your vehicle on an actual city street.
Upon successful completion of the aforementioned examinations, you will be awarded a Indiana CDL, which is valid for four years before needing to be renewed.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles: Commercial Driver’s Licenses
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles: Getting a Commercial Driver’s License Learners Permit
Indiana Department of Revenue: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Indiana Department of Revenue: CDL Third-Party Driving Test Sites
Indiana Department of Revenue: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Forms and Applications
Indiana Department of Revenue: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Test Booklet