Indiana CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
Driving Between States Age:
Hazardous Age:
Exams Required:
  • Health
  • Written Test
  • Driving Test
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card

Applicants for the CDL will need to be prepared for a testing process that will be much more rigorous than the one they completed for their other driver licenses. The reason is that the state must take the federal government’s safety regulations into account when determining who qualifies for a CDL in Indiana.   Only United States citizens and legal residents may apply for a CDL in Indiana.

Age Restrictions

Indiana residents can apply for a CDL beginning at the age of 18. If they wish to drive a vehicle that transports human beings, they must be 21 years old. Those under 21 may only apply to drive a vehicle that transports property in the state of Indiana.

Required Licenses to Qualify for the CDL in Indiana

In order to apply for the CDL in Indiana, the applicants must have had one of the following for at least one year:

  • An Indiana driver license
  • A chauffeur’s license
  • A public passenger chauffeur’s license

The Testing Process

Applying for the CDL in Indiana will mean that the applicants must pass a written test. The CDL manual will have everything they will need to know to pass this test. After they successfully complete the written test, they will be able to take the skills test. The skills test will be comprised of the following:

  • The inspection of the vehicle
  • A test of the driver’s control skills
  • The road test

The Learner’s Permit

Before applicants will be invited to take the road test, they will need to have their learner’s permits. They will need to pass the written test before they can receive their permit. The permit will give them six months to practice driving the vehicle they will receive their CDLs to drive. View the free Indiana CDL Manual to study for your written exam. 

The Physical Examination

Before the application process can begin, applicants will need to pass the physical examination approved by the state. This approved exam is called the United States Department of Transportation physical examination form.

Fees for the CDL in Indiana

The CDL learner’s permit will require that applicants pay a $16 fee. Their permanent licenses will require a $30 fee. This will keep the CDL valid for four years and will expire on the applicant’s birthday.


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