Drivers will have to obtain an Indiana CDL replacement credential if they damage or lose their original commercial driving license. Failure to replace CDL license credentials on time may lead to certain detrimental consequences, such as monetary fines and penalties. Motorists who are unable to present a CDL license when asked to do so by a law enforcement official may also be penalized with certain suspension penalties.

The standard method to replace a damaged or lost CDL drivers license requires you to submit an in-person request through a branch office of the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). You may also qualify to apply for a replacement CDL via the BMV online services platform, provided you meet certain criteria. If you are currently absent from the state, the bureau will even allow you to obtain a temporary driving license for use until you return to the state.

When do you need to get a duplicate CDL license in Indiana?

Applying for a duplicate CDL license is a mandatory step in several different situations. For instance, replacing a lost CDL drivers license is the most common reason for initiating the replacement procedure. However, you will have to get an IN DMV CDL replacement under the following circumstances as well:

  • You were the victim of theft of your commercial license.
  • You have damaged or destroyed your CDL credential.
  • You must amend the information displayed on your CDL license, such as:
    • Your name or birth date
    • Your residential address
    • Your gender
    • Your endorsements, restrictions or medical conditions
  • If your lost, stolen or damaged CDL credential is due for a renewal soon, you may also be able to initiate the renewal procedure instead of replacing it.

Documents Required to Replace a CDL in Indiana

To successfully replace your CDL license in Indiana, you will be required to furnish certain paperwork for identification purposes. Note that this requirement only applies if you are requesting your duplicate CDL license in person. If you are applying via an alternative method, such as via the internet or by mail, you will be asked to provide the required information in another manner.

The documents needed to obtain a duplicate or a corrected CDL credential may vary depending on your circumstances. The standard CDL replacement paperwork will most likely include the following documents:

  • Proof of identification, such as a valid passport or a birth certificate.
  • Proof of change of information, if applicable, such as:
    • Proof of a new address, such as a utility bill or a bank statement
    • Proof of a new name, such as a marriage document or divorce decree
    • Proof of a gender change, such as a physician’s statement
  • The old CDL license, if available.
  • Additional documents required from commercial drivers, such as a medical examination and certificate reports, if your current medical reports have expired.

Before making an office visit to apply for a duplicate CDL in IN, contact the bureau to inquire about the exact documents that apply in your circumstance.

How to Replace an Indiana CDL in Person

If you are wondering how to replace a CDL license in person, note that you will have to visit a local driver licensing office and submit the necessary items to a BMV agent. The steps to replace an Indiana CDL license in person include the following:

  1. Fill out the corresponding application form.
  2. Present an identification form.
  3. Submit any other supporting paperwork that applies in your situation.
  4. Pay the applicable replacement fee.

The presiding BMV agent will retrieve your commercial driving record and verify that you meet the requirements for an BMV CDL replacement before processing your request.

How to Replace an Indiana CDL Online

The most convenient method to replace a commercial driving license in Indiana is submitting your request via myBMV, which is the bureau’s online services portal. To obtain a CDL replacement online, follow these steps:

  1. Create a myBMV account by entering your driver license number, last four digits of your Social Security Number and your ZIP code.
  2. Access the driver’s license replacement
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts and provide the required information.
  4. Pay the applicable fee with a valid payment method.
  5. Confirm the transaction and print the confirmation page, if you choose to do so.

To replace CDL licenses online, however, you will be required to meet certain eligibility requirements. For instance, you must be a state resident and a United States citizen. Also, you must not have recently made any changes to your name and/or address or the endorsements or restrictions displayed on your credential. Note that expired CDL licenses cannot be replaced via the web. Finally, you must have a valid CDL status and an up-to-date medical certificate.

Note: You can replace your CDL license online 10 consecutive times before you are required to apply for a duplicate credential in person.

How to Replace an Indiana CDL by Mail

If you need a CDL replacement credential while absent from the state, you can apply for a temporary driving license by mail. By obtaining the BMV 30-day interim credential, you will be able to return and replace your CDL license in Indiana with the bureau. To get the BMV temporary license, fill out the Request for Interim/Extension License (Form 54580) and mail it to the following address:

 Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Credential Management
100 N. Senate Avenue, Rm N414
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Note that you can apply for an interim or extension credential only if you have a valid medical examination report on file with the state BMV. After receiving the 54580 form, the bureau will mail you your temporary driving credential to the listed address.

Note: The BMV interim/extension driving card is offered free of charge.

CDL Replacement Fees in Indiana

Paying the Indiana CDL replacement fees is the last step in the application process for a duplicate commercial license. The following list outlines the standard costs that you will be required to pay when replacing your CDL license:

  • Standard cost for a duplicate or amended credential: $9
  • Adding or removing a CDL endorsement: $19

Note: The acceptable forms of payment may vary depending on your chosen application method. For instance, online transaction can only process an electronic payment method.

Last updated on Friday, March 6 2020.