Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our IN guide to your CDL.

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

  • Must meet requirements for an Indiana driver’s license.
  • Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or call (317) 615-7335 for more information.
  • You will have to pass a physical examination conducted by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You will have to undergo this examination every two years after receiving your license. The form for the examination is available here.
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Provide proof of Indiana residency.
  • Provide your Social security number.

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. You must meet the requirements for an Indiana driver’s license and have held a license for at least one year.
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age to transport property within Indiana and at least 21 years of age to transport people.
  3. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a BMV office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  4. Pay a $16.00 fee for your permit.
  5. Pass the exam. See the CDL Manual for the required information. The exam can be taken at any BMV location.
  6. Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
  7. Take CDL knowledge exams at your local BMV office.
  8. Pay license and endorsement correct fee.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for an Indiana CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of identity and legal presence. and US residency. Next, pay the $16.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the CDL general knowledge exam and road skills test. Also, you must have your instruction permit for 30 days before obtaining a CDL. Indiana Instruction Permits expire in 1 year and are non-renewable.


An Indiana Commercial Driver’s License will be valid for 4 years. The cost is $30.00 for a standard CDL license. Please see a list of correct fee for more information.

CDL Endorsements

The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:

  • Hazardous Material (Class H).
  • Tank Vehicles (Class N).
  • Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
  • School Bus (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.


Last updated on Tuesday, February 20 2018.

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