Indiana CDL Requirements

Indiana CDL Classes

      In the state of Indiana you must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle within the state lines (intrastate) and at least 21 years of age to drive a commercial motor vehicle outside the state lines (interstate). You must also be at least 21 years old to operate a commercial passenger vehicle transporting 16 or more passengers, including the driver. You need an Indiana CDL in order to operate either commercial or non-commercial motor vehicles that fall into the following categories:

Class A
      Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds.  

Class B
      Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 or more pounds, as well as any vehicle towing another vehicle that does not exceed a weight of 10,000 pounds. 

Class C
      Any vehicle or combination of vehicles that does not meet the criteria of either Class A or Class B, but is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or is used in transporting materials classified as hazardous in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act. Each applicant must also have a passenger or hazardous materials endorsement in order to obtain a Class C commercial driver’s license. 

Applying for an Indiana Commercial Learner’s Permit

      You must already possess an Indiana commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before you can take the CDL skills test. Before applying for an Indiana commercial learner’s permit, you must already possess a valid Indiana Class D driver’s license. You will be issued an Indiana commercial driver’s license (CDL) when you pass both the written general knowledge test and the CDL Driving Skills Test. 

      In order to obtain an Indiana commercial learner’s permit, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old for intrastate driving (within Indiana state lines).
  • Be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving (outside Indiana state lines).
  • Be at least 21 years of age to transport passengers.
  • Possess a valid Indiana Class D driver’s license for at least one year.
  • Provide your Social Security card.
  • Prove you are of legal U.S. status by providing your SecureID card .
  • Provide proof of your current Indiana residency that shows your name and current address (i.e., a utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.).
  • Provide your current D.O.T. medical examination (cannot be more than 2 years old).
  • Pass the CDL general knowledge written test. 
  • Pay the $16 fee for the commercial learner’s permit.

      If you have questions about which documents to bring to the DMV when you apply for your commercial learner’s permit, you may call the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 1-888-692-6841 and speak to a customer service representative. You can email any questions you may have to the Indiana BMV as well.  

      Be sure to download and study the Indiana CDL Manual as it contains the information you need to pass the CDL knowledge tests, including some sample test questions.

      Our Free CDL Practice Tests will help prepare you for the actual CDL knowledge tests administered by the DMV.

      Click here to see a map and clickable list of Indiana driver’s license branch locations that offer the CDL written tests.
Indiana CDL Requirements

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Applying for an Indiana Commercial Driver’s License

      In order to obtain an Indiana commercial driver’s license, you must:

  • Possess a valid Indiana commercial learner’s permit.
  • Possess a current Department of Transportation medical card.
  • Provide proof of vehicle insurance and vehicle registration (must be verified before you can take the test).
  • Provide a passenger with a valid Indiana CDL to ride with you in your commercial vehicle to the test site.
  • Pass the CDL general knowledge test.
  • Pass the CDL Driving Skills Test.
  • Pay the $100 test fee if you use your own vehicle.
  • Pay the $175 test fee if you use the test facility’s vehicle.
  • Pay the $30 fee for the commercial driver’s license.

      The CDL Driving Skills Test consists of a Pre-trip inspection, a Basic Vehicle Control test, and an On-Road Driving test and must be taken in the same class and type of motor vehicle you plan to drive once you obtain your CDL.  If you take the CDL Driving Skills Test in a commercial motor vehicle that is not equipped with air brakes, then you will have an air brakes restriction attached to your commercial driver’s license. 

      Click here to see a map and clickable list of Indiana state approved CDL Driving Skills Test sites.

The CDL Driving Skills Test

      The CDL Driving Skills Test is a three part test and consists of the following:

  • Pre-trip Inspection: Before you can take the CDL driving tests, you will first be tested on your knowledge of the class of vehicle you plan on driving once you obtain your CDL. The Pre-trip inspection also determines if your commercial vehicle is safe enough to drive on public roads.
  • Skills Test: Before you can take the CDL Road Test, you will first need to prove that you have the skills to operate a commercial motor vehicle on public roads. This test consists of various off-road maneuvers such as backing up your vehicle. 
  • Road Test: Once you pass the first two tests, you will be required to drive your commercial vehicle on public roads in various traffic situations. You will be required to operate the same class of commercial vehicle you plan to drive once you obtain your CDL.

      Once you obtain your Indiana commercial driver’s license, it will be valid for up to four years from the date it is issued.

Be sure to download and study the Indiana CDL Manual as it contains the information you need to pass the CDL Driving Skills Test.

Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver’s License

      In order to apply for a commercial driver’s license, you must have a medical form completed by one of the following:

  • Licensed U.S. doctor of medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O)
  • Licensed physician assistant (P.A.)
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Chiropractor

      The Medical Examiner’s Certificate must be dated within the previous two years and attached to the Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F).

      The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will only accept a Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F) that has been completed by a qualified physician who has been certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can search for a FMCSA certified physician by using the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

      The FMSCA requires you to have at least 20/40 vision in each eye and a field of vision of at least 140 degrees in order to be certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Under certain conditions, you may be able to be waived from these requirements.

      You can submit your completed medical report form by doing any of the following:

  • Fax your completed medical report form to: (317) 974-1613
  • Drop off the completed medical report form at any Indiana BMV branch.
  • Mail your completed medical form to:

                              Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
                              Attn: CDL Programs
                              100 N Senate Ave
                              IGCN, Room N 481
                              Indianapolis, IN 46204

      You may check the status of your medical examination by viewing your driving record using your myBMV account, or by contacting the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 1-888-692-6841, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Military Drivers

      In the state of Indiana, if you are currently serving in the military or have been honorably discharged within the last 90 days, and you have driven military vehicles that would require a CDL to operate as a civilian with a 2 year safe driving record, then you qualify for the waiver of the CDL Skills Test and are exempt from taking the commercial driver skills test. You will also be reimbursed for the cost of the CDL Driving skills Test and the rental fee of the test vehicle, but only if you pass the test. You will still be required to take the written test. Certain restrictions apply.

      Download, print, and complete the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver. After the applicant has completed the waiver form (must be signed by their Commanding Officer) and completed the proper CDL written tests to obtain their Indiana commercial learner’s permit, they must then submit the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, a copy of their Military CDL, and  the Service School Academic Evaluation Report (Form DA 1059) to the Indiana BMV by doing one of the following:  

  • Fax the completed and signed documents to: (317) 974-1615.
  • Drop the completed and signed documents off at any Indiana BMV branch.
  • Mail the completed and signed documents to:
                              Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
                              Attn: CDL Programs
                              100 N Senate Ave
                              IGCN, Room N 481
                              Indianapolis, IN 46204

      Once the proper documents have been submitted, they will be processed and the applicant will be contacted.

Indiana CDL Endorsements

      H      Placarded Hazmat      Required to transport hazardous materials under DOT regulations. 

      N      Tank Vehicles      Required to transport liquids in bulk containers of 1,000 gallons or more.

      X      Tanker/Hazardous Materials Combination   Required to transport hazardous materials in tank vehicles   

      T      Double/Triple Trailers      Indicates CDL holder is certified to operate multiple trailer haulers. 

      P     Passengers      Indicates the CDL holder is certified to operate passenger vehicles.

      S     School Bus      Indicates the CDL holder is authorized to operate a school bus. The “P” endorsement is also required.

      C      Charter Bus      Indicates that the CDL holder is authorized to drive a bus transporting students to and from school sponsored activities.

Indiana CDL Restrictions

      The following CDL restrictions are based on the driver passing the necessary commercial driver’s license written knowledge tests or driving skills tests. The following restrictions may be added or removed from the commercial driver’s license: 

  • E Automatic transmission commercial motor vehicle
  • K  Intrastate driving only (may only drive a CMV within Indiana state lines)
  • L  May not drive CMV equipped with air brakes
  • N  No Class A or Class B passenger vehicle
  • Q  May only drive a bus
  • O  Not authorized to drive a tractor trailer.
  • T  Prohibited from transporting materials deemed hazardous 
  • M  May not drive a Class A passenger vehicle
  • R  Valid for Restricted Agricultural CDL Priveliges Only when presented with Seasonal Validation Document

Important Indiana Commercial Driver’s License Resources

Indiana CDL Manual
Indiana CDL Practice Tests
Self Certify at myBMV.com
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
Service School Academic Evaluation Report Form DA 1059
Medical Examination Report Form 649-F
Medical Examiner’s Certificate
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles Fee Chart
Contact the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles by Email
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

      

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Map 1 of Indiana CDL Written Test Locations 

TitleAddress
1. Albany License Branch 927 W. Walnut Street, Albany, IN 47320
2. Albion License Branch 113 W. Jefferson Street, Albion, IN 46701
3. Alexandria License Branch 2211 S. Park Avenue, Suite 1, Alexandria, IN 46001
4. Anderson License Branch 4330 S Scatterfield Road, Anderson, IN 46013
5. Angola License Branch 1801 N. Wayne Street, Suite 102 - 103, Angola, IN 46703
6. Auburn License Branch 500 North Grand Staff Road, Auburn, IN 46706
7. Batesville License Branch 1132 Tekulve Road, Suite 3, Batesville, IN 47006
8. Bedford License Branch 615 X Street, Bedford, IN 47421
9. Berne License Branch 1170 E. Main Street, Berne, IN 46711
10. Bloomfield License Branch 55 N. Franklin Street, Bloomfield, IN 47424
11. Bloomington License Branch 1612 Liberty Drive, Suite A, Bloomington, IN 47403
12. Bluffton License Branch 2917 E. State Road 124, Suite B, Bluffton, IN 46714
13. Boonville License Branch 713 N. 3rd Street, Boonville, IN 47601
14. Brazil License Branch 7 National Avenue, Brazil, IN 47834
15. Brookville License Branch 10054 Cooley Road, Brookville, IN 47012
16. Brownsburg License Branch 860 E. Main Street, Brownsburg, IN 46112
17. Carmel License Branch 12955 Old Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032
18. Clinton License Branch 123 N. Main Street, Clinton, IN 47842
19. Columbia City License Branch 662 Country Side Drive, Suite 101, Columbia City, IN 46725
20. Columbus License Branch 745 Schnier Drive, Columbus, IN 47201
21. Connersville License branch 544 W. 30th Street, Connersville, IN 47331
22. Corydon License Branch 439 Old Capitol Plaza, Corydon, IN 47112
23. Crawfordsville License Branch 1629 Eastway Drive, Crawfordsville, IN 47933
24. Crown Point License Branch 1430 E. Joliet Street, Crown Point, IN 46307
25. Dale License Branch 11 N. Walnut Street, Dale, IN 47523
26. Danville License Branch 789 E. Main Street, Danville, IN 46122
27. Decatur License Branch 519 N. 13th Street, Decatur, IN 46733
28. Delphi License Branch 1291 N. Bradford Drive, Delphi, IN, 46923
29. Demotte License Branch 516 S. Halleck Street, De Motte, IN 46310
30. East Chicago License Branch 2001 E. Columbus Drive, East Chicago, IN 46312
31. Edinburgh License Branch 220 N. Pleasant Street, Edinburgh, IN 46124
32. Elkhart License Branch 222 Harrison Street, Elkhart, IN 46516
33. Ellettsville License Branch 4629 West Richland Plaza, Ellettsville, IN 47404
34. English License Branch 104 Deerwood, English, IN 47118
35. Evansville East License Branch 6240 E. Virginia Street, Evansville, IN 47715
36. Evansville North License Branch 4209 Hwy 41 North, Suite 10, Evansville, IN 47711
37. Evansville West License Branch 2421 Allens Lane, Evansville, IN 47720
38. Fairmount License Branch 108 S. Main Street, Fairmount, IN 46928
39. Fishers License Branch 3 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46038
40. Fort Wayne - Pine Valley License Branch 10204 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
41. Fort Wayne - Waynedale License Branch 6721 Old Trail Road, Suite 300, Fort Wayne, IN 46809
42. Fowler License Branch 200 W. 4th Street, Fowler, IN 47944
43. Frankfort License Branch 1951 E. Wabash Street, Frankfort, IN 46041
44. Franklin License Branch 1053 W. Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131
45. Gary License Branch 661 Broadway, Gary, IN 46402
46. Goshen License Branch 740 W. Lincoln Avenue, Goshen, IN 46526
47. Greencastle License Branch 1010 Mill Pond Lane, Greencastle, IN 46135
48. Greenfield License Branch 1821 E. Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140
49. Greensburg License Branch 1025 E. Freeland Road, Greensburg, IN 47240
50. Greenwood License Branch 349 S. Washington Street, Greenwood, IN 46143
51. Griffith License Branch 1038 E. Ridge Road, Griffith, IN 46319
52. Hammond License Branch 7931 Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, IN 46324
53. Hartford City License Branch 116 N. Jefferson Street, Hartford City, IN 47348
54. Hobart License Branch 7744 E. Ridge Road, Hobart, IN 46342
55. Hope License Branch 611 Harrison Street, Hope, IN 47246
56. Huntington License Branch 2982 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750
57. Indianapolis - Ameriplex License Branch 7811 Milhouse Rd Indianapolis, IN 46241
58. Indianapolis - Indy West License Branch 10 S. Mickley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46241
59. Indianapolis - Madison Avenue License Branch 1400 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225
60. Indianapolis - Michigan Road License Branch 8330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
61. Indianapolis - Midtown License Branch 4050 Meadows Pkwy, Indianapolis, IN 46205
62. Indianapolis - Nora License Branch 9245 N. Meridian Street, Suite 110, Indianapolis, IN 46260
63. Indianapolis - South Meridian License Branch 5155 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46217
64. Jasper License Branch 293 U.S. Hwy 231, Jasper, IN 47546
65. Jeffersonville License Branch 2944 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
66. Kendallville License Branch 348 W. North Street, Kendallville, IN 46755
67. Knox License Branch 1919 S. Heaton Street, Knox, IN 46534
68. Kokomo License Branch 192 E. Southway Blvd, Kokomo, IN 46902
69. La Porte License Branch 1505 Lincolnway, Suite B, La Porte, IN 46350
70. Lafayette License Branch 2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite C1, Lafayette, IN 47904
71. LaGrange License Branch 116 N. Detroit Street, LaGrange, IN 46761
72. Lawrence License Branch 7857 E. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226
73. Lawrenceburg License Branch 108 Front Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
74. Lebanon License Branch 2222 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon, IN 46052
75. Liberty License Branch 1 E. High Street, Liberty, IN 47353
76. Linton License Branch 1600 A Street NE, Linton, IN 47441
77. Logansport License Branch 3320 E. Market Street, Logansport, IN 46947
78. Loogootee License Branch 125 Cooper Street, Loogootee, IN 47553
79. Madison License Branch 175 Demaree Drive, Madison, IN 47250
80. Marion License Branch 1041 N. Miller Avenue, Marion, IN 46952
81. Martinsville License Branch 160 N. Marion Street, Martinsville, IN 46151
82. McCordsville License Branch 5949 W. Broadway, McCordsville, IN 46055
83. Merrillville License Branch 5117 E. 81st Avenue, Merrillville, IN 46410
84. Michigan City License Branch 1724 East U.S. Hwy 20, Michigan City, IN 46360
85. Mishawaka License Branch 2544 Miracle Lane, Mishawaka, IN 46545
86. Monticello License Branch 820 W. Fisher Street, Monticello, IN 47960
87. Montpelier License Branch 118 S. Main Street, Montpelier, IN 47359
88. Morocco License Branch 113 E. State Street, Morocco, IN 47963
89. Mount Vernon License Branch 402 Main Street, Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
90. Muncie License Branch 2904 E. McGalliard Meadowview Farm, Muncie, IN 47303
91. Nappanee License Branch 219 W. Market Street, Nappanee, IN 46550
92. Nashville License Branch 106 Hawthorne Drive, Nashville, IN 47448
93. New Albany License Branch 821 Mt. Tabor Road, Suite 100, New Albany, IN 47150
94. New Castle License Branch 3015 S. 14th Street, Suite 15, New Castle, IN 47362
95. New Haven License Branch 701 Lincoln Hwy West, New Haven, IN 46774
96. Noblesville License Branch 405 Noble Creek Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060
97. North Vernon License Branch 612 Buckeye Street, North Vernon, IN 47265
98. Paoli License Branch 1565 W. Hospital Road, Paoli, IN 47454
99. Pendleton License Branch 129 S. Pendleton Avenue, Pendleton, IN 46064
100. Peru License Branch 26 E. 3rd Street, Peru, IN 46970

 

Map 2 of Indiana CDL Written Test Locations

TitleAddress
1. Petersburg License Branch 161 N. Nichols Avenue, Petersburg, IN 47567
2. Plainfield License Branch 995 Andico Road, Plainfield, IN 46168
3. Plymouth License Branch 2936 Miller Drive, Plymouth, IN 46563
4. Portage License Branch 3333 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN 46368
5. Portland License Branch 1031 W. Votaw Street, Portland, IN 47371
6. Poseyville License Branch 231 S. St. Francis Street, Poseyville, IN 47633
7. Princeton License Branch 112 N. West Street, Princeton, IN 47670
8. Rensselaer License Branch 646 S. College Avenue, Rensselaer, IN 47978
9. Richmond License Branch 4503 National Road East, Richmond, IN 47374
10. Rising Sun License Branch 630 N. High Street, Rising Sun, IN 47040
11. Rochester License Branch 2070 Peace Tree Village, Rochester, IN 46975
12. Rockville License Branch 102 S. Market Street, Rockville, IN 47872
13. Rushville License Branch 1822 N. Main Street, Rushville, IN 46173
14. Salem License Branch 101 W. Westminster Drive, Salem, IN 47167
15. Schererville License Branch 1320 Eagleridge, Schererville, IN 46375
16. Scottsburg License Branch 591 S. Lake Road South, Scottsburg, IN 47170
17. Sellersburg License Branch 304 Hunter Station Road, Sellersburg, IN 47172
18. Seymour License Branch 501 Burkart Blvd, Seymour, IN 47274
19. shelbyville License Branch 29 Public Square, Shelbyville, IN 46176
20. South Bend License Branch 623 South St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601
21. Spencer License Branch 168 E. Morgan Street, Spencer, IN 47460
22. Sullivan License Branch 273 S. Section Street, Sullivan, IN 47882
23. Tell City License Branch 635 Main Street, Tell City, IN 47586
24. Terre Haute License Branch 2920 Professional Lane, Terre Haute, IN 47802
25. Tipton License Branch 854 E. Jefferson Street, Tipton, IN 46072
26. Valparaiso License Branch 1361 W. Morthland Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46385
27. Veedersburg License Branch 981 E. State Street, Veedersburg, IN 47987
28. Versailles License Branch 833 S. Adams Street, Versailles, IN 47042
29. Vevay License Branch 504 Ferry Street, Vevay, IN 47043
30. Vincennes License Branch 2031 Hart Street, Vincennes, IN 47591
31. Wabash License Branch 45 E. Market Street, Wabash, IN 46992
32. Walkerton License Branch 302 Roosevelt Road, Walkerton, IN 46574
33. Warsaw License Branch 2888 Frontage Road, Warsaw, IN 46580
34. Washington License Branch 900 W. National Hwy, Suite 7, Washington, IN 47501
35. West Lafayette License Branch 720 W. Navajo Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906
36. Williamsport License Branch 14 W. 2nd Street, Williamsport, IN 47993
37. Winamac License Branch 218 N. Sally Drive, Winamac, IN 46996
38. Winchester License Branch 3 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 100, Winchester, IN 47394

 

Map of Authorized CDL Driving Skills Test Sites

TitleAddress
1. A-1 CDL Skills Testing Services 4195 State Road 37, Mitchell, IN 47446
2. A B Driver Testing 24645 State Road 23, South Bend, IN 46614
3. A B Driver Testing 1523 Avco Blvd, Sellersburg, IN 47122
4. A B Driver Testing 3542 E. 500 North, Whiteland, IN 46184
5. Baylor Trucking 9269 East State Road 48, Milan, IN 47031
6. CDL Testing Services 4119 S. Walnut Street, Muncie, IN 47302
7. Horizon Transport 407 Wabash Avenue, Wakarusa, IN 46573
8. Prosafe CDL 2701 S. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
9. Prosafe CDL 3603 E. Raymond Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
10. Prosafe CDL 361 West U.S. Hwy 6, South Haven, IN 46385
11. Prosafe CDL 1312 Rose City Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374
12. Schneider National Carriers 7238 Western Select Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46219

 

Some CDL testing locations require you to set up an appointment. CDL testing hours may vary. Please call the testing location for more information. 

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