Tanker Endorsement and Its Requirements


The tanker endorsement is the authorization that is attached to the truck driver's commercial driver's license (CDL) which represents their legal qualification for transporting bulk capacities of gaseous and liquid materials.

There are many ways for advancing a career as a truck driver and attaining a CDL endorsement is comparatively straightforward. The tanker endorsement will broaden the load transporting options which include liquids and gases. Loads of FMCSA Tank vehicle endorsement have decent paying options for the driver.

Types of Tanker Endorsement

The CDL tanker endorsement means that the driver holds a substantial license to adequately transport massive liquid loads. There are 2 types of tanker endorsements:

  • N endorsement: It allows the drivers to haul liquids or gases over 1,000 gallons.
  • X endorsement: It is combined with the conventional tanker endorsement (N endorsement) attached with a hazmat endorsement.

Tanker Endorsement Requirements

There is an eligibility criterion to successfully apply for CDL tanker endorsement. Before applying for the tanker endorsement, you must complete and meet all the following guidelines:

  • You should be at least or more than 18 years of age
  • You hold a valid US passport or residential status
  • If you hold a CDL of another state, you must surrender it and apply for the new one from the current state.
  • If you do not have an existing CDL, you must apply for one and receive a valid CDL before applying for the endorsement.
  • You must pass an eye clearance examination to ensure that you are fit for driving.
  • You complete and pass every tanker and hazardous material test separately before applying for the endorsement.
  • You must hold a current commercial Class B or Class A type license to add a CDL tanker endorsement.
  • You must be able to complete and pass the HME knowledge test and apply for the Hazardous material endorsement.

How much Does a Tanker Endorsement Cost?

The costs of tanker endorsement are relatively inexpensive. If you carry a valid license by passing CDL training, the additional endorsement costs range typically from $10 to $50 depending on the state that you live in. Every state has a different cost. To get the exact information on the endorsement pricing and requirements you are supposed to check in with the state's DMV endorsments for specific information.