Applying fop a Louisiana CDL - Endorsement P (Passenger)
What type of commercial vehicle should you drive for a Passenger Endorsement? In Louisiana, there are five driver’s license classes:
Only Class A, B, and C vehicles are commercial vehicles you can drive with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). A Class C license would be the most appropriate for a Passenger Endorsement (designated by a “P” on the CDL). With this license, you will also be authorized to drive Class D and E vehicles with the proper endorsements. This article will go over the complete steps and requirements for obtaining a Class C CDL with Endorsement P in the state of Louisiana.
Taking the Class C Knowledge Test
You must take a knowledge test administered by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in order to obtain a commercial driver’s permit. Firstly, make sure you are at least 18 years old for intrastate driving and at least 21 years old for driving outside of Louisiana . In addition to the mandatory identity, Louisiana residence, legal presence (US citizenship or legal alien status) and social security number requirements, you must submit medical information:
All of the questions on the knowledge test come from information found in sections 1, 2, 3, 11, 12 and 13 of the Louisiana Commercial Driver’s License Manual . Study section 5 if you are planning to operate a vehicle with air brakes. This will probably be necessary as almost all passenger vehicles have air brakes. A basic Class C knowledge test without Endorsement P or any other endorsements has a $15.00 cash fee.
Taking the P Endorsement Knowledge Test
While you are at the OMV office, you can also take the Endorsement P knowledge test for a cash fee of $5.00. In addition to the sections you should study for the basic knowledge test, more necessary information can be found in section 4, which is titled Transporting Passengers Safely.
Make sure to understand the inner workings of the vehicle, including its access doors and panels, bus interior and roof hatches. Another aspect unique to operating vehicles requiring Endorsement P is being aware of forbidden hazardous materials. Buses should never carry:
Taking the Skills Test and Getting Your CDL
You can take a skills test with a third party tester approved by the state. Make sure the third party, which is a driving school or private business, offers a test for Endorsement P. For the on-road skills test, drive the passenger vehicle you intend to drive, or another representative Class C vehicle requiring Endorsement P. Upon passing, you can purchase your CDL for a cash fee of $41.00 at the OMV.
You must take on many additional responsibilities when operating a commercial passenger vehicle. Not only is it necessary to protect the safety of yourself and other drivers, it is also essential to protect the safety of the passengers. Those that obtain an Endorsement P have proved that they are able to exercise responsibility for the lives of their passengers.