To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. Each question has three answer choices. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Test questions come from the Virginia Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering: Driving Safely, Transporting Passengers Safely, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. The Passenger endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.
1. While driving, a driver should:
It is essential that you are aware of what is happening on all sides of your vehicle at all times. Scan the road ahead and make regular checks of the mirrors on both sides of your vehicle while you are driving.
2. When inspecting the interior of a bus, a driver should make sure:
When inspecting the interior of a bus, you must make sure everything is safe and in proper working condition. Make sure all signaling devices, such as bathroom emergency buzzers, are in proper working order.
3. When approaching your vehicle as part of your pre-trip inspection, you should look for what as a sign of trouble?
When approaching your vehicle for an inspection, you should look underneath the vehicle for fresh leaks of oil, coolant, grease, or fuel. Seeing a fresh puddle of any of these fluids could indicate a safety issue with your vehicle.
4. A danger of looking at your mirrors for too long is that:
Looking at your mirrors for too long is dangerous because you may travel a substantial distance without knowing what is going on ahead of you. It is important to be aware of your surroundings in all directions.
5. An encroachment is when:
An encroachment during the basic vehicle control skills test is when an exercise boundary line is touched or crossed by any portion of the applicant's vehicle. Every encroachment will be counted as an error.
Hydroplaning is an effect in which a vehicle's tires lose traction with the surface of the road and instead glide along a layer of water. There does not have to be a large amount of water on the road for this to occur.
7. Steering wheel play of more than ____ can make steering difficult.
A steering wheel should have no more than 10 degrees of play. This is equal to about two inches of movement at the rim of a 20-inch wheel. If there is more play than this, it may be difficult to steer.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Meet the eligibility requirements: You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Virginia Class A, B, or C commercial driver's license.
2. Pass the passenger transport endorsement knowledge test: Before you can apply for a CDL Passenger endorsement in Virginia, you must pass a knowledge test that covers topics such as loading and unloading passengers, passenger safety, and emergency procedures.
3. Complete a CDL Passenger endorsement application: After passing the knowledge test, you must complete an application for a CDL Passenger endorsement. You can obtain this form at any Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office or online at the DMV website.
4. Pay the application fee: There is a fee for obtaining a CDL Passenger endorsement in Virginia. The amount of this fee varies depending on your age and the length of time for which your endorsement will be valid.
5. Pass a skills test: After completing the application process and paying the fee, you must pass a skills test that demonstrates your ability to safely operate a passenger vehicle. This test will be administered by an authorized third-party tester or by the Virginia DMV.
6. Receive your CDL Passenger endorsement: Once you have passed both the knowledge and skills tests and completed all necessary paperwork, you will receive your CDL Passenger endorsement. This endorsement will be added to your commercial driver's license and will allow you to legally operate passenger vehicles in Virginia.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a CDL Passenger license.
2. Valid driver's license: You must hold a valid Virginia driver's license.
3. Commercial driver's license (CDL): You must hold a valid Virginia Class A, B, or C CDL.
4. Medical certification: Before you can obtain a CDL Passenger license, you must provide proof of medical certification. This means that you must pass a medical examination and obtain a medical examiner's certificate.
5. Background check: You must pass a background check that includes a criminal history check and a driving record check.
6. Knowledge test: You must pass a knowledge test that covers topics such as passenger safety, loading and unloading passengers, and emergency procedures.
7. Skills test: You must pass a skills test that demonstrates your ability to safely operate a passenger vehicle. This test will be administered by an authorized third-party tester or by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
8. Application fee: There is an application fee for obtaining a CDL Passenger license in Virginia. The amount of this fee varies depending on your age and the length of time for which your license will be valid.
Note that additional requirements may apply depending on the specific type of passenger vehicle you will be operating (e.g., school bus, motorcoach).
1. School Bus Driver: If you want to operate a school bus, you must complete a training program that includes both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training. The training program must be approved by the Virginia Department of Education. You must also pass a knowledge test and a skills test, which includes a pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and an on-road driving test.
2. Motorcoach Driver: If you want to operate a motorcoach, you may be required to complete additional training beyond what is required for a standard CDL Passenger endorsement. This may include specialized training on topics such as passenger safety, security, and customer service.
In general, it is recommended that all CDL drivers who will be operating passenger vehicles receive additional training beyond what is required for the CDL endorsement. This can help ensure that drivers have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely transport passengers.
1. Passenger Endorsement Knowledge Test: This test covers topics such as passenger safety, loading and unloading passengers, and emergency procedures. You must pass this test to obtain a Passenger endorsement on your CDL.
2. General Knowledge Test: This test covers general topics related to commercial driving, such as vehicle inspection, safe driving practices, and driving in different weather conditions. You must pass this test before you can take any other endorsement exams.
3. Air Brakes Endorsement Test: If the passenger vehicle you will be operating has air brakes, you must also pass an Air Brakes Endorsement Test.
Note that if you already hold a CDL with other endorsements (such as HazMat), you may be able to add a Passenger endorsement without taking the General Knowledge or Air Brakes tests again. However, you will still need to pass the Passenger Endorsement Knowledge Test.
1. Pre-trip Inspection: You will need to demonstrate your ability to inspect the passenger vehicle for safety and compliance with state and federal regulations.
2. Basic Control Skills: You will need to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a variety of situations, such as backing up, turning, and maneuvering through tight spaces.
3. Road Test: You will need to demonstrate your ability to drive the passenger vehicle on public roads while following traffic laws and safe driving practices.
During the Road Test, the examiner will evaluate your ability to perform specific maneuvers, such as:
- Turning left and right at intersections
- Changing lanes
- Merging onto highways
- Driving in traffic
- Stopping at controlled and uncontrolled intersections
- Driving in reverse
In addition to these specific skills and maneuvers, the examiner will also evaluate your overall driving performance, including your ability to handle the vehicle safely and make good decisions while driving.
If you are caught operating a passenger vehicle without the proper endorsement on your CDL, you could face fines and other penalties. Additionally, your employer could also face penalties for allowing you to operate a vehicle without the proper endorsement.
It is important to note that there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, you may be able to operate a passenger vehicle without a CDL Passenger endorsement if you are driving a vehicle that is designed and used for personal purposes, such as a recreational vehicle or a family van. However, if you are transporting passengers for hire, you will need the proper endorsement on your CDL.
Here are the steps to add the CDL Passenger endorsement to your existing CDL license:
1. Study the Virginia Commercial Driver's License Manual and prepare for the Passenger endorsement test.
2. Schedule an appointment at a DMV customer service center that offers CDL services.
3. Take and pass the Passenger endorsement test. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of safety procedures, loading and unloading passengers, and other skills related to operating a passenger vehicle.
4. Pay the fee for adding the endorsement to your CDL license.
Once you have passed the test and paid the fee, your CDL license will be updated to include the Passenger endorsement. You will then be authorized to operate vehicles designed to carry 16 or more passengers, including the driver, for commercial purposes in Virginia.
1. Passenger vehicles only: With a CDL Passenger endorsement, you are only authorized to operate vehicles designed to carry 16 or more passengers, including the driver. You cannot operate other types of commercial vehicles that require different endorsements or qualifications.
2. Age Restrictions: You must be at least 21 years old to operate a commercial vehicle that is used for interstate commerce (i.e., crosses state lines) and requires a CDL Passenger endorsement.
3. Medical Qualifications: You must meet certain medical qualifications to maintain your CDL and Passenger endorsement. You will need to undergo a regular medical examination and obtain a medical examiner's certificate from a qualified healthcare provider.
4. Safety Restrictions: As a driver with a CDL Passenger endorsement, you are responsible for ensuring the safety of your passengers and following all applicable traffic laws and regulations. You may be subject to additional training requirements or safety inspections.
It's important to note that these restrictions and limitations may vary depending on your specific situation and the type of vehicle you are operating. Be sure to check with the Virginia DMV or consult with a qualified CDL instructor or examiner if you have any questions or concerns about your CDL Passenger endorsement.
However, there are some additional age restrictions that apply to drivers with a CDL Passenger endorsement. Specifically, if you plan to operate a commercial vehicle that is used for interstate commerce (i.e., crosses state lines), you must be at least 21 years old.
In addition, some employers may have their own age requirements and restrictions for drivers with a CDL Passenger endorsement. For example, some companies may require drivers to be at least 25 years old or have a certain number of years of driving experience.
It's important to note that even if you meet the age requirements for obtaining a CDL Passenger endorsement, you will still need to pass the required knowledge and skills tests and meet other qualifications before you can operate commercial passenger vehicles in Virginia.
1. Buses: You can operate various types of buses such as school buses, transit buses, charter buses, and intercity buses.
2. Vans: You can operate vans that are designed to carry more than 16 passengers, including the driver. These may include airport shuttles, hotel shuttles, and other types of passenger vans.
3. Limousines: You can operate limousines that are designed to carry more than 16 passengers, including the driver.
It's important to note that there may be additional qualifications or endorsements required for specific types of passenger vehicles. For example, if you plan to operate a school bus, you will need to obtain a School Bus endorsement in addition to your CDL Passenger endorsement.
Be sure to check with the Virginia DMV or consult with a qualified CDL instructor or examiner if you have any questions or concerns about the specific types of vehicles you are authorized to operate with your CDL Passenger endorsement.