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.



Directory of Michigan Truck Driving Schools



Auburn Hills: American Workplace Trucking Centers
Address: 1000 N Opdyke Rd, Ste D2 Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
Phone: 800-841-8162

Auburn Hills: Integrity Truck Driving School
Address: 1155 Centre Rd Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
Phone: 866-316-9199

Burton: E L Hollingsworth & Co
Address: 4225 Quinlan Dr Burton, Michigan 48529
Phone: 810-743-2560

Cadillac: Baker College
Address: 9600 E 13th St Cadillac, Michigan 49601
Phone: 231-876-3100

Cadillac: Star Professional Driving School
Address: 265 Hanthorn Cadillac, Michigan 49601
Phone: 800-748-0481

Canton : International Trucking School Inc
Address: 5820 N Canton Trail Rd, Ste 150 Canton , Michigan 48187
Phone: 800-448-7101

Cass City: Baker College
Address: 6667 Main St Cass City, Michigan 48726
Phone: 989-872-6000

Cass City: Classic Driving School
Address: 6080 Cass City Rd Cass City, Michigan 48726
Phone: 989-315-1768

Centreville: International Trucking School Inc
Address: 62249 Shimmel Rd Centreville, Michigan 49032
Phone: 269-467-9945

Clinton Township: Macomb County CDL Training
Address: 41411 Romeo Plank Clinton Township, Michigan 48038
Phone: 586-945-7123

Clinton Township: US Truck Driver Training Inc
Address: 35765 Groesbeck Hwy Clinton Township, Michigan 48035
Phone: 586-838-1268

Dearborn: Ozoor Driving School
Address: 6830 Wyoming St Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Phone: 313-581-7777

Dearborn Heights: Bert's Testing & Training Services Inc
Address: 5310 Bayham St Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48125
Phone: 313-295-5961

Detriot: US Truck Driver Training Inc
Address: 4195 Central St Detriot, Michigan 48210
Phone: 313-581-1700

Detroit: C.D.L. Training School LLC
Address: 13800 Tyler St Detroit, Michigan 48227
Phone: 313-272-6940

Escanaba: Midwest Truck Driving School
Address: 1519 N 26th St Escanaba, Michigan 49829
Phone: 906-789-6311

Fenton: US Truck Driver Training Inc
Address: 2100 W Thompson Rd Fenton, Michigan 48430
Phone: 810-714-1700

Flint : Baker College
Address: S 1717 Dort Hwy Flint , Michigan 48503
Phone: 810-766-4000

Flint : Star Professional Driving School
Address: 1945 S Dort Hwy Flint , Michigan 48503
Phone: 800-748-0481

Freeland: Tri Area Driving School
Address: 6272 Midland Rd Freeland, Michigan 48623
Phone: 989-692-0560

Grand Rapids: Rivertown CDL Academy
Address: 1025 Ken-O-Sha Ind Pk Dr SE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508
Phone: 877-543-8235

Grand Rapids: Star Professional Driving School
Address: 5260 36th St SE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Phone: 800-748-0481

Grandville: Fleet Compliance Group Ltd
Address: 2976 Ivanrest SW, Ste 255 Grandville, Michigan 49418
Phone: 616-532-1444

Grandville: West Michigan CDL Inc
Address: 3370 Busch Dr SW, Ste E Grandville, Michigan 49418
Phone: 888-550-4947

Grawn: Advanced Tech Courses
Address: 6100 US Hwy 31 Grawn, Michigan 49637
Phone: 231-943-3500

Hastings: Tri Area Driving School
Address: 922 N M37 Hwy Hastings, Michigan 49058
Phone: 989-692-0560

Horton: ABC Training and Testing
Address: 7203 Sears Rd Horton, Michigan 49246
Phone: 517-563-2005

Kalamazoo: International Trucking School Inc
Address: 7107 Elm Valley Dr Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003
Phone: 269-382-2600

Kalamazoo: Star Professional Driving School
Address: 3717 King Hwy Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048
Phone: 800-748-0481

Lansing: International Trucking School Inc
Address: 4025 Holt Rd, Ste 101 Lansing, Michigan 48842
Phone: 517-694-2593

Lansing : Lansing Community College
Address: 430 N Capitol Ave Lansing , Michigan 48901
Phone: 877-483-4125

Lansing : Star Professional Driving School
Address: 3020 S Creyts Rd Lansing , Michigan 48917
Phone: 800-748-0481

Lansing: Trainco Inc Truck Driving Schools
Address: 1122 W Holmes Rd Lansing, Michigan 48910
Phone: 517-887-1600

Lawton: Semi Academy
Address: 822 Main St Lawton, Michigan 49065
Phone: 269-624-4444

Livonia : Integrity Truck Driving School
Address: 12256 Hubbard Livonia , Michigan 48150
Phone: 800-930-4837

Livonia: Nu-Way Truck Driver Training Centers
Address: 11940 Merriman Ave Livonia, Michigan 48150
Phone: 800-736-1912

Marine City: Coast2coast Truck Driving School
Address: 6280 King Rd Marine City, Michigan 48039
Phone: 586-201-7071

Monroe: International Trucking School Inc
Address: 1555 S Raisinville Rd Monroe, Michigan 48161
Phone: 800-448-7101

Muskegon: C.D.L. Training Services & Consulting Inc
Address: 221 S Quarterline Rd Muskegon, Michigan 49442
Phone: 888-503-5151

New Buffalo: Professional Drivers Institute
Address: 10747 US Hwy 12 New Buffalo, Michigan 49117
Phone: 269-469-0041

Oxford: North Oakland CDL Inc
Address: 2651 Metamora Rd Oxford, Michigan 48371
Phone: 248-236-8692

Pontiac : Nu-Way Truck Driver Training Centers
Address: 25 S Glenwood Ave Pontiac , Michigan 48342
Phone: 800-736-1912

Port Huron: Baker College
Address: 3403 Lapeer Rd Port Huron, Michigan 48060
Phone: 810-985-7000

Romulus: International Trucking School
Address: 27800 Wick Rd Romulus, Michigan 48174
Phone: 734-947-9311

Romulus: Suburban Truck Driver Training School
Address: 28675 Northline Rd Romulus, Michigan 48174
Phone: 734-229-0000

Saginaw: Advanced Compliance Solutions
Address: 1621 Terminal Dr Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Phone: 989-752-8183

Saginaw: Baker College
Address: 1621 Terminal Saginaw, Michigan 48601
Phone: 989-755-2756

Saginaw: CDI Truck Driving School
Address: 6191 Sherman Saginaw, Michigan 48604
Phone: 989-771-1199

Sandusky: Thumb Area Driving Academy
Address: 3250 N Sandusky Rd Sandusky, Michigan 48471
Phone: 800-735-4236

Southfield: Great American Truck Driving School
Address: 20755 Greenfield, Ste 502 Southfield, Michigan 48075
Phone: 877-442-7377

St Clair: Port Huron Express Truck Driver Learning Center
Address: 4743 Gratiot Rd St Clair, Michigan 48079
Phone: 810-841-8810

Sterling Heights: Coast2coast Truck Driving School
Address: 44440 Phoenix Dr Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314
Phone: 586-201-7071

Sterling Heights: US Truck Driver Training Inc
Address: 6500 15 Mile Rd Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312
Phone: 586-838-1268

Taylor: Trainco Inc Truck Driving Schools
Address: 22299 Eureka Rd Taylor, Michigan 48180
Phone: 734-374-5000

Traverse: Star Professional Driving School
Address: 1645 S Airport Rd Traverse, Michigan 49686
Phone: 800-748-0481

Warren: International Trucking School Inc
Address: 14500 E 12 Mile Rd Warren, Michigan 48088
Phone: 800-448-7101

Warren: Samba Express Driver Training and Testing Division
Address: 32091 Hollingsworth Ave Warren, Michigan 48092
Phone: 586-274-9552

Washington: Classic Driving School
Address: 64261 Van Dyke Washington, Michigan 48317
Phone: 586-336-1285

West Branch: Baker College
Address: 960 S M-33 West Branch, Michigan 48661
Phone: 989-343-2036

Wyoming: A&B CDL Inc
Address: 3417 Roger B Chaffee Memorial Dr SE Wyoming, Michigan 49548
Phone: 616-530-7070

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