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How to Renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Indiana

Renewing a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Indiana is a relatively simple process compared to applying for a new CDL.

PROCEDURES FOR RENEWING YOUR COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE

  1. A CDL may be renewed 6 months prior to its expiry. A renewal notice will be sent to you indicating when your current CDL will expire. If your CDL has been lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement CDL, rather than a renewal.
  2. You must renew your CDL in person, at your local BMV License Branch office.
  3. Bring the following items with you to your nearest license branch office when renewing your commercial driver's license:
  4. Your current Indiana commercial driver's license.
  5. Residential proof of identification, if you have changed your residence.
  6. Your Indiana Commercial Driver's License renewal notice.
  7. A valid Indiana Department of Transportation (DOT) long form physical.
  8. You must also bring the correct CDL renewal fee. Fees may vary, depending on your age and the endorsements on your CDL. Check with your local BMV License Branch office on the exact fee before arriving for the renewal.
  9. You will also need to pass a vision screening test in order to renew your CDL.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ENDORSEMENT (HAZMAT)

If your CDL includes a Hazardous Material Endorsement that you wish to retain, you must undergo a fingerprint and background check by the Transportation Security Administration.
  1. You must pay a non-refundable fee of $100 to initiate the process.
  2. A number of Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles sites offer the fingerprinting facilities. A list of the same can be accessed here.
  3. The background check is conducted by the TSA.
  4. You will need to produce proof in order to get your HAZMAT endorsement.
  5. If your background check is approved, you will be permitted to test for HAZMAT at the time of renewal. A HAZMAT endorsement holder renewing a CDL is given three attempts to pass the HAZMAT endorsement on a non-expired CDL.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • An additional fee of $5 will be charged for an expired commercial driver's license. If your CDL has been expired for more than six months, you will need to take several tests in order to renew your CDL. If your CDL has expired for more than a year, the knowledge and skills tests will have to be given again. Refer to the Indiana CDL driver's manual for the test requirements and rules.
  • See our Commercial Drivers Education section for more information on CDLs.
  • See also Applying for a new CDL and Replacing a Lost CDL.
 

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