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myBMV > Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses > Getting a Chauffeur's License or Public Passenger Chauffeur's License Getting a Chauffeur's License or Public Passenger Chauffeur's License

Chauffeur's licenses are issued to Indiana residents who are at least 18 years old and have held a driver's license for at least one year. To get a chauffeur's license you need to visit a license branch and pass a chauffeur knowledge examination and a standard vision screening. You should arrive at the license branch at least one hour before the branch closes in order to take the knowledge examination that day. 

Public passenger chauffeur's licenses

Public passenger chauffeur's licenses are issued to Indiana residents who are at least 18 years old and have held a driver's license for at least two years. To get a public passenger chauffeur's license you need to visit a license branch and pass a public passenger chauffeur knowledge examination and a standard vision screening. You should arrive at the license branch at least one hour before the branch closes in order to take the knowledge examination that day. 

When you visit a license branch to apply for a public passenger chauffeur's license, you must submit Medical Certification - State Form 3337 dated within 30 days of applying for your public passenger chauffeur's license. This form must be completed by a licensed physician indicating that you do not suffer from any mental or physical impairment that would adversely affect your ability to operate a public passenger vehicle.

Documents of identification

When you apply for a commercial driver's license you must present documents of identification proving your identity, lawful status, Social Security number, and Indiana residency.

Driving With A Chauffeur's License

A chauffeur's license grants the holder all the privileges of a driver's license. In addition, the holder of a chauffeur's license is permitted to operate vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 16,000 pounds (whether single vehicle or combined gross vehicle weight) but not more than 26,000 pounds when used to transport property for hire. The holder of a chauffeur's license may also operate a private bus that transports passengers for religious, fraternal, charitable, or other benevolent organizations, youth associations, or public or private institutions of higher education.

The chauffeur's license does not permit the holder to transport passengers for hire, whether in a bus or a taxicab. For those uses, Indiana residents should apply for a public passenger chauffeur's license.

A public passenger chauffeur's license grants the holder all the privileges of a driver's license. In addition, the holder of a public passenger chauffeur's license is permitted to transport 15 passengers or less, including the driver.

How Long Is My Chauffeur's License Valid?

If you are younger than 75 years of age, your Indiana chauffeur's license is valid for six years. If you are 75 to 84 years old, your chauffeur's license is valid for three years. If you are 85 years or older, your chauffeur's license is valid for two years.

You may renew your chauffeur's license at any Indiana license branch up to one year before the license expires. A chauffeur knowledge test is not required when you renew a chauffeur's license, unless you have accumulated six or more points on your driver record since your previous renewal, or your license has been expired over three years.

Your public passenger chauffeur's license is valid for four years. When renewing a public passenger chauffeur's license you must submit a completed Medical Certification - State Form 3337 dated within 30 days of application and you must successfully pass the standard vision test. A chauffeur knowledge test is not required when you renew a public passenger chauffeur's license, unless you have accumulated six or more points on your driver record since your previous renewal.

How do I replace my chauffeur's license?

To replace your chauffeur's license or public passenger chauffeur's license you will need to visit a license branch and present certain documents of identification.

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