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CDL Passenger Endorsement

The CDL Passenger Endorsement allows you to operate passenger vehicles with 16 or more passengers. This endorsement requires an added skills test and written test. This career path is ideal for those who want a regular schedule and a chance to travel. It is important to note, however, that this job requires close contact with passengers. The CDL Passenger Endorsement requires that drivers learn special safety procedures for passenger vehicles.

The Passenger Endorsement test is one of the two components of the CDL license exam. It covers Section 4 of the CDL Manual and requires a passing score of 80%. The test also requires that drivers pass a written test. The exam covers basic safety procedures, vehicle inspection, and driver behavior. It also covers emergency procedures.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have three years of driving experience, and must meet certain vision and hearing requirements. Their eyesight should be 20/40 in both eyes and they should be able to distinguish red, green, and amber colors. They must also provide a medical examiner’s certificate.

The P endorsement is considered difficult to pass, as the questions are somewhat obscure. That is why it is recommended that you take a practice test before the actual DMV test. A practice test consists of 20 to 30 multiple-choice questions with timed answers. The questions cover topics such as loading/unloading passengers, emergency exits, and proper handling of unruly passengers.

Requirements for CDL Passenger Endorsement.

An applicant for the passenger endorsement must satisfy both of the following additional knowledge and skills test requirements.

Knowledge test. All applicants for the passenger endorsement must have knowledge covering at least the following topics:

  • Proper procedures for loading/unloading passengers;
  • Proper use of emergency exits, including push out windows;
  • Proper responses to such emergency situations as fires and unruly passengers;
  • Proper procedures at railroad crossings and drawbridges; and
  • Proper braking procedures.

Skills test. To obtain a passenger endorsement applicable to a specific vehicle group, an applicant must take his/her skills test in a passenger vehicle satisfying the requirements of that group as defined in 167;383.91

For more complete details and information on obtaining a CDL Passenger Endorsement please refer to 49 CFR 383.117

Source: 49 CFR 383


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