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Licensing for the
Commercial Vehicle Driver, Chauffeur and Public Passenger Licenses
In 1986 the United States Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act requiring a uniformed standard for commercial driver licensing for the United States,
The act and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations define what commercial motor vehicles require a CDL and have classified them in three groups:
Endorsements can be added to the basic CDL:
|T||-||Combination of vehicles with double or triple trailers.|
|N||-||Vehicles used to haul liquids or gaseous materials in permanent tanks or in portable tanks having a rating capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.|
|P||-||Any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.|
|H||-||Any vehicle used to transport hazardous materials in placardable amounts.|
|X||-||Any tank vehicle used to transport placardable amounts of hazardous materials.|
One or more written knowledge tests must be passed before any CDL or endorsement permit is granted:
A skills test is also required and consists of three elements:
A valid medical examination must be presented with a CDL application.
The CDL manual and additional documents can be obtained online from the Indiana Department of Revenue.
Indiana also has a requirement for a chauffeur and public passenger chauffeur licenses for those vehicles not subject to CDL requirements.
A chauffeur is defined in as:
A public passenger chauffeur is defined as:
Both chauffeur licenses require compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR 391) physical qualifications unless exempted under state law (IC 8-2.1-24-18).