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myBMV > Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses > Getting a Commercial Driver's License Learner's Permit Getting a Commercial Driver's License Learner's Permit

To get a commercial driver's license learner's permit you must be at least 18 years old if you will be transporting property within state lines, and at least 21 years old if you will be transporting people. You must have held an Indiana driver's license, chauffeur's license, or public passenger chauffeur's license for at least one year.

To get a commercial driver's license learner's permit you need to pass the appropriate knowledge test for the vehicle type that you plan to operate:

  • All commercial vehicles drivers: General knowledge test
  • All school bus drivers: School bus endorsement test and passenger transport test 
  • All bus drivers: Passenger transport test
  • Vehicle with air brakes: Air brakes test
  • Combination of vehicles: Combination vehicle test
  • Drivers required to transport hazardous material: Hazardous material test
  • Drivers required to transport liquids in bulk: Tanker test
  • Drivers required to pull double or triple trailers: Doubles/triples test

When you pass a knowledge test, the results are valid for 180 days. You may receive only three commercial driver's license learner’s permits in two years. A commercial driver's license learner’s permit is valid for six months.

Holders of a valid commercial driver’s license learner permit may operate a commercial motor vehicle only when accompanied by the holder of a valid commercial driver’s license holder who has the proper class and endorsement(s) necessary to operate the commercial motor vehicle.

You may find the material covered in the knowledge examinations in the commercial driver's license test booklet.

When you apply for a commercial driver's license you must present documents of identification proving your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and Indiana residency.

Read the Commercial Driver's License page for additional information, including the medical examination requirements.

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