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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.