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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

myBMV > Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses > For-Hire Endorsement For-Hire Endorsement

Effective January 1, 2017, the BMV will begin issuing a for-hire endorsement in place of a public passenger chauffeur’s (PPC) or chauffeur’s license. A PPC or chauffeur’s license issued prior to January 1, 2017 will remain valid until the expiration date printed on the license. However, you will be issued an operator’s license with a for-hire endorsement when renewing, amending or replacing a PPC or chauffeur’s license.
A for-hire endorsement may be issued to Indiana residents who are at least 18 years of age and have held a valid driver’s license for more than one year. A for-hire endorsement does not allow the license holder to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Indiana residents with a CDL wanting to operate in a for-hire capacity must pass a For-Hire knowledge exam and apply for the endorsement.
A for-hire endorsement provides the license holder privileges to operate a motor vehicle that is:

  • Registered as having a gross weight of at least 16,000 pounds, but not more than 26,000 pounds, and operated to transport property; or
  • Designed to transport less than 16 passengers, including the driver, and operated to transport passengers for-hire.

The following are not considered transporting for-hire:

  • Operating a medical services vehicle
  • Transporting a recreational vehicle before the first retail sale of the recreational vehicle when:
    • The gross vehicle weight of the recreational vehicle is not more than 26,000 pounds; or
    • The gross combination weight of the recreational vehicle and towed recreational vehicle is not more than 26,000 pounds, and the weight of the towed recreational vehicle is not greater than 10,000 pounds
  • Operating a motor vehicle that has a gross weight of less than 16,000 pounds and used to transport property for-hire

If you do not currently hold a PPC or chauffeur’s license and want to add a for-hire endorsement to your current Indiana driver’s license, you must pass a standard vision screening and the for-hire knowledge examination.

Transferring Your Out-of-State Chauffeur’s License, PPC License or For-Hire Endorsement

New Indiana residents who hold a valid PPC, or chauffeur’s license or for-hire endorsement from another state may transfer their license or endorsement to their Indiana driver’s license after passing a knowledge exam based on the Indiana Driver’s Manual.

How Long Is My For-Hire Endorsement Valid?

Your for-hire endorsement is valid for the same period of validity as your driver’s license.

Renewing Your Driver’s License

If you currently hold a PPC or chauffeur’s license, you may renew or amend your driver’s license at a BMV branch and obtain an operator’s license with a for-hire endorsement. If you need to replace your PPC or chauffeur’s license, you will need to visit a BMV branch and obtain an operator’s license with a for-hire endorsement.

You may also review our page Frequently Asked Questions for more answers.

Still Have Questions? Contact the BMV