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Commercial Driver’s License Endorsements and Restrictions

Hazardous Materials Endorsement

In order to comply with the threat assessment measures required by the U.S.A. Patriot Act, all individuals who hold a commercial driver license with a hazardous materials endorsement must have their fingerprints recorded.

If you do not currently hold a hazardous materials endorsement, you will need to complete the threat assessment before the endorsement can be issued to you. If you currently hold a hazardous materials endorsement and you are renewing your commercial driver's license, you will need to complete a new threat assessment.

Other Commercial Driver's License Endorsements

The following endorsements apply only to individuals with commercial driver's licenses:

  • Endorsement H – Hazardous materials
    The driver is allowed to transport any material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR part 172 or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73. The person must also complete a Transportation Safety Authority background screening.
  • Endorsement N – Tank vehicle
    The driver is allowed to transport any liquid or gaseous materials within a tank or tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis. A commercial motor vehicle transporting an empty storage container tank, not designed for transportation, with a rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is temporarily attached to a flatbed trailer is not considered a tank vehicle.
  • Endorsement P – Passenger transport
    The driver is allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
  • Endorsement S – School bus
    The driver is allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle used to transport pre-primary, primary, or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school sponsored events.
  • Endorsement T – Doubles or triple trailers
    The driver is allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle with two or three separate trailers attached.
  • Endorsement X – Tank vehicles and hazardous materials
    The driver is allowed to transport hazardous materials and tanker vehicles as specified above under the H and N endorsements.

Motorcycle Endorsement

  • Endorsement L – Motorcycle Endorsement
    The driver has satisfactorily completed motorcycle skills and knowledge testing required by the State of Indiana. This endorsement allows the driver to legally operate a motorcycle on Indiana roads.

Commercial Driver's License Restrictions

These restrictions are in addition to any driver's license restrictions and are added to a driver's commercial driver's license based on the driver passing the required commercial driver's license knowledge exams or skills tests. The following is a list of restrictions that may be added to a commercial driver's license:

  • E – Automatic transmission CMV
  • K – CDL Intrastate Only (operating intrastate commerce)
  • L – No Air Brake CMV
  • M – No Class A passenger vehicle
  • N – No Class A and B passenger vehicle
  • O – No Tractor-Trailer CMV
  • P – No Passengers in CMV Bus
  • Q – Bus only
  • R – Valid for Restricted Agricultural CDL Privileges Only when presented with Seasonal Validation Document
  • T – Hazmat prohibited
  • X – No cargo in CMV tank vehicle
  • Z – No Full Air Brake equipped CMV

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