Cost involved in getting a CDL:
- CDL physical – $65 to $120: This physical must be performed by a state certified doctor that is certified in doing CDL physicals.
- CDL permit upgrade on your license – approx. $35
- Pre-trip walk around, skills test, and road trip test – $100 to $150—you pay every time you take this test whether you pass or fail.
- Small fee at BMV to turn your operator’s license into a CDL license approx $35
Steps to getting your CDL:
- Get a CDL physical. You must tell them it’s a CDL physical and it must be done by a state-certified doctor.
- Study and pass the three written test at the BMV: General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Passenger. You don’t have to pay until you pass the test (at least in Indiana). Once all three tests are completed, you will be able to get a CDL permit.
- Study and pass the pre-trip walk around, skills test, and driving test at a state-appointed testing site.
- Once passed you can go to the BMV and upgrade your license to a CDL.
Links to CDL practice test:
- Indiana general knowledge practice test
- Indiana air brake endorsement practice test
- Indiana passenger endorsement practice test
- Link to practice test app ANDROID
- Link to practice test app APPLE STORE
Links to CDL PDF Manual:
Indiana CDL manual
Indiana updated CDL manual insert 2015