Mississippi CDL License Requirements

To start a career in truck driving in Mississippi, you must first earn a Mississippi commercial driver's license (CDL). While classes of CDL licenses can vary from state to state, Mississippi classifies commercial vehicles that require a CDL to drive as follows:

  • Class A: Combination vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds with the trailer weighing over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Single or combination vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds and a trailer weighing less than 10,000 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or less, carrying hazardous materials or transporting 16 or more passengers

According to Mississippi CDL requirements, applicants must be at least 17 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. To transport cargo across state lines, federal regulations require truck drivers to be at least 21 years old. The interstate transportation of cargo is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and not by state governments. CDL applicants must then pass a written knowledge exam and a three part skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam. The State of Mississippi requires that applicants test in the class of vehicle for which they are trying to obtain a CDL--for example, you must test in a Class A vehicle if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL.

Additional qualifications, or endorsements, are also needed to drive a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus. Endorsements are also needed to transport hazardous materials or to transport passengers. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is required to transport hazardous materials (also referred to as a Hazmat endorsement). A truck driving school will provide the education and on-road training needed to pass the CDL requirements in Mississippi.

Resources for Mississippi CDL Requirements

Visit the Mississippi Department of Public Safety website for more information.

Learn more about Mississippi trucking schools.

Truck Driver Salary in Mississippi

Location 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Annual Salary
United States $31,270 $48,330 $38,700
Mississippi $28,290 $45,250 $35,930
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS $30,850 $46,200 $37,520
Hattiesburg, MS $30,090 $47,010 $36,830
Jackson, MS $28,880 $55,850 $41,480
Pascagoula, MS $22,190 $38,000 $30,840

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