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Obtaining a Commercial Driver's License

Prior to obtaining a CDL, you must obtain a commercial learner’s permit by passing the appropriate knowledge exam (written test) for the vehicle type you plan to operate. All CDL written tests and skills exams are valid for 180 days.

Knowledge (Written Test) and Skills Examinations

To obtain a CDL in Indiana, you must pass applicable written test(s) and a CDL skills exam in a vehicle representative of the class of CDL you will receive. The CDL skills exam must be taken at a BMV-authorized examination site and consists of a pre-trip inspection exam, a basic control skills exam, and the road trip exam. Authorized examination sites electronically transmit the skills exam results to the BMV to increase security and accuracy.

Medical Examination

When applying for your first CDL (or CLP) in Indiana, you must provide a valid Medical Examination Report (MER) and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC). To maintain a valid CLP or CDL, you must provide a valid MER and MEC prior to the expiration of your current MER and MEC on file with the BMV.

Truck Driver Training Schools

The BMV coordinates the licensing and oversight of all truck driver training schools and instructors.

Truck Driver Training School List Indiana Administrative Code Rule 5 Truck Driver Training Schools

For information and questions regarding truck driver training schools and instructor licensing please contact the CDL Programs department by email.

Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. The ELDT regulations are effective February 7, 2022.

The regulations affect those who are applying to:

  • Obtain a Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time;
  • Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or
  • Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

The ELDT regulations are not retroactive. If an applicant obtained a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or CDL prior to February 7, 2022 in the above situations the applicant is not subject to the ELDT requirements.

When applicants visit a branch to complete a hazardous materials knowledge exam, BMV branch staff will verify training prior to administration of the exam.

For applicants for the Class A/B, School Bus or Passenger endorsement the training will be verified by the 3rd Party CDL Skills Test site prior to scheduling the CDL skills test.