Getting Your Commercial Driver's License in Florida— Endorsement P (Passenger)
Driving commercial vehicles for the industry can be rewarding career. Helping various needs people get to where they need, shipping products to a customer center, and being responsible for the environment by containing hazardous material can greatly contribute to society.
To be able to drive a vehicle for commercial purposes, you must be licensed. This special license is called a Commercial Drivers License or CDL for short. CDLs also specify a class, an endorsement, and any restrictions. Every state has their own procedure in licensing their drivers on those three factors, but some of the requirements are the same.
Let’s hone in on Florida’s process to qualify a prospect for a commercial driver’s license.
Types of Endorsements, Restrictions, and Class
The endorsements available for a CDL in Florida are:
The Restrictions on a license are varied and similar to the ones you would see on a regular driver’s license, such as:
A. for Corrective Lenses
Those restrictions that are indicative of CDL only, could be:
C. for Business Purposes
The separate classes are:
Applying for a Florida Commercial Driver’s License – Endorsement P
There is a two step process to being licensed for your passenger endorsement P specific CDL. In order to get your Endorsement P CDL in Florida, and also in other states, you must pass the medical examination standards that are established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. After testing, you will be given a medical certificate that you should submit to the DMV. Along with this, you will turn in your application for the commercial license.
Please be cautioned that certain medical conditions will disqualify a person from being licensed. Things such as impaired limb function, alcohol or substance abuse, imperfect vision or hearing, and certain diseases can keep a person from getting a CDL. This is not to be discriminatory, but protect both the driver and others on the road from conditions that might impair the driver in this dangerous role of driving commercial vehicles. These things have been proven to deter the driver from doing the job well, thus no legal rights are violated here.
Testing at the DHSMV Office
No matter what endorsement you choose, you will need to go to the Florida DHSMV driver’s license office to obtain it. You will be given three distinct tests besides a written one. To prepare for them, besides practicing, you should review the Florida CDL Handbook, found on the site given earlier. They have practice tests to aid your studies. There are also training classes available for further preparation. The classes are not necessary, unless you are hired to transport hazardous materials, so enrolling is your decision.
There are three skills tests you will be given to obtain your Commercial Driver’s License. The skills tests are the following:
The other test you will have to take is a written test for knowledge . Again, study your handbook and go to the link for practice tests and other advice on how to prepare for it.