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.
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.
- Who is authorized to complete your exam?
The BMV only accepts the MER and MEC if completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Check with your medical examiner before your appointment to make sure they are certified.
For information on the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, visit the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Rules and Regulations.
- How do I submit my medical forms?
Use one of the following options to submit the completed MER and MEC:
- Submit in-person to any BMV branch
- Fax to: 317-974-1613
- Email: BMVCDL@bmv.in.gov
Please note the file must be in PDF format.
- Mail to:
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: CDL Programs
100 North Senate Avenue, IGCN, Room N 481
Indianapolis, IN 46204
If you have questions regarding your MER and MEC or want to know the status of your forms, view your Driver Record using your myBMV account or contact the BMV at 888-692-6841.
Truck Driver Training Schools
The BMV coordinates the licensing and oversight of all truck driver training schools and instructors.
For information and questions regarding truck driver training schools and instructor licensing please contact the CDL Programs department by email.