Endorsements are like extra permissions added to your CDL. They allow you to operate a more CMVs and haul more specific cargo. To obtain extra driving endorsements, you have to take and pass We’ll review the CDL endorsements list below.
There are six types of CDL endorsements:
Hazardous (H): This endorsement allows you to tow or haul hazardous materials like flammable or combustible liquids, gases, or other explosives.
Double/Triple Trailers (T): Your CDL license allows you to tow only one trailer. Earning a T endorsement allows you tow two or three trailers.
Passenger (P): You are not able to transport passengers with just a CDL license. A P endorsement allows you to operate vehicles that carry a specific number of passengers such as city buses or tour buses.
Tank Vehicles (N): Earning your N endorsement allows you to transport liquids, whereas your CDL license only allows you to transport dry goods. Tank vehicles usually have a permanent or temporary tank attached to the truck. They are specifically designed to safely transport liquid or other liquefied gaseous materials.
Combination of tank vehicles and hazardous materials: This endorsement is a combination of the H and N endorsement. It enables you to transport hazardous material in a tank vehicle.
School bus (S): The S endorsement allows you to operate a school bus. You must also earn your P endorsement in order to obtain the S endorsement.
Each of these driving endorsements require additional applications, training, and exams. The process of getting them will vary from state to state. Contact your local DMV to learn more about earning CDL endorsements.
The more endorsements you earn, the higher the chance you have of getting a job with favorable hours, better routes, and higher pay. Plus, every additional endorsement you earn makes you more appealing to potential employers. Your CDL endorsements show that you have gone through extra training and are qualified to operate different types of CMVs or safely transport specific cargo.
Think about what kind of driver you want to be and the types of goods you hope to transport. That will help determine which driving endorsements you should earn.