A passenger endorsement is one of six CDL endorsements. This particular endorsement allows you to operate a vehicle that carries more than 16 passengers, including the driver. Obtaining your passenger endorsement allows you to operate vehicles such as:
To obtain your passenger endorsement, you must pass both a knowledge exam and skills test. The knowledge exam will test you on your knowledge of:
Unloading and loading passengers
The proper use of emergency exits
Correct response to emergency situations
Railroad crossing and drawbridge procedures
Additionally, if you’re planning on driving a vehicle with air brakes, you may have to pass an air brakes test.
Your skills test will take place in the vehicle you plan to drive. For example, if you plan on driving a service bus, you’ll take your skills test in that bus. Your skills test will assess your ability to safely and correctly operate the vehicle.
The total cost of getting your passenger endorsement is typically around $15. However, every state may have a different cost for driving endorsements. Check with your local DMV to find out your state’s exact cost.
Obtaining any of the endorsements on the CDL endorsements list opens up several job opportunities. The Passenger endorsement in particular allows you to operate a higher variety of vehicles and shows you have more experience than others. Additionally, your passenger endorsement shows employers that you know how to safely transport passengers and correctly operate a passenger CMV.