Michigan CDL License Requirements

To start your truck driving career in Michigan, you may first require a Michigan commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses may vary slightly from state to state, Michigan categorizes commercial vehicles as follows:

  • Class A: Vehicle with combined weight over 26,001 pounds, towing a vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Vehicle weighing more than 26,001 pounds, towing a vehicle weighing less than 10,000 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicle used for transporting 16 or more people (including driver) or to transport hazardous materials

According to Michigan CDL requirements, applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Michigan driver's license, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. Interstate transportation of cargo is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), which requires drivers to be at least 21 years old to transport materials across state lines. Applicants then need to take a general knowledge exam and a skills test. The three part skills test includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic vehicle control test, and an on-road driving test. The driving test must be taken in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL license you are trying to obtain. Ref: http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/MI_Michigan_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm

To drive a truck with double/triple trailers, a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus, additional endorsements may be required. If you wish to transport passengers or hazardous materials, additional endorsements are also required. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be needed to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat endorsement). A truck driving school in Michigan may provide the education and on-road training needed to pass the CDL requirements.

Resources for Michigan CDL Requirements

Visit the State of Michigan website for more information.

Learn more about Michigan trucking schools.

Truck Driver Salary in Michigan

Location 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Annual Salary
United States $31,270 $48,330 $38,700
Michigan $30,650 $45,880 $37,490
Ann Arbor, MI $32,660 $47,610 $39,190
Battle Creek, MI $30,890 $45,690 $36,350
Bay City, MI $30,920 $43,390 $35,560
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division $31,260 $47,290 $38,160
Flint, MI $26,440 $39,130 $29,950
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI $30,140 $46,150 $37,590
Holland-Grand Haven, MI $26,540 $44,290 $33,390
Jackson, MI $35,470 $48,970 $42,700
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI $32,380 $41,710 $36,080
Lansing-East Lansing, MI $34,220 $46,020 $40,510
Monroe, MI $36,020 $45,590 $41,340
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI $23,890 $42,370 $34,080
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI $31,790 $42,170 $35,670
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI $32,860 $46,490 $39,460
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division $32,140 $45,900 $39,520

Table data taken from 2015 BLS (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes533032.htm)