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.

Directory of Mississippi Truck Driving Schools

Byram : Ace Training Center
Address: P O Box 720429 Byram , Mississippi 39272
Phone: 601-502-0730

Ellisville: Jones Junior College
Address: 900 S Court St Ellisville, Mississippi 39437
Phone: 601-477-4245

Gulfport: TDI
Address: 10585 Three Rivers Rd Gulfport, Mississippi 39503
Phone: 228-832-8020

Jackson: DSC Training Academy
Address: 1840 S West St, Ste A Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Phone: 888-933-7363

Jackson: SEC Training Centers
Address: PO Box 320970 Jackson, Mississippi 39232
Phone: 601-939-8708

Louisville: East Central Community College
Address: 923 S Church St Louisville, Mississippi 39339
Phone: 601-635-2111

Lucedale: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Address: George County Trl PO Box 77 Lucedale, Mississippi 39452
Phone: 601-766-6424

Mayhew: East Mississippi Community College
Address: PO Box 100 Mayhew, Mississippi 39753
Phone: 662-243-2658

Meridian: Meridian Community College
Address: 910 Hwy 19 N Meridian, Mississippi 39307
Phone: 601-485-5118

Moorhead: Mississippi Delta Community College
Address: PO Box 668 Hwy 3 & Cherry St Moorhead, Mississippi 38761
Phone: 662-246-6516

Natchez: Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Address: 30 Campus Dr Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Phone: 601-643-8323

Olive Branch: Northwest Mississippi Community College
Address: 8750 Deerfield Dr Olive Branch, Mississippi 36854
Phone: 662-895-7600

Philadelphia: East Central Community College
Address: 900 Valley Dr Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350
Phone: 601-635-2111

Poplarville: Pearl River Community College
Address: 101 Hwy 11 N Poplarville, Mississippi 39470
Phone: 601-403-1241

Saucier: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 20214 Hwy 49 Saucier, Mississippi 39574
Phone: 800-350-7364

Summit: Southwest Mississippi Community College
Address: College Dr Vocational Technical Bldg Summit, Mississippi 39666
Phone: 601-276-2013

Tupelo: Itawamba Community College
Address: 2176 S Eason Blvd Tupelo, Mississippi 38801
Phone: 601-620-5285

Tupelo: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 341 Franklin St Tupelo, Mississippi 38802
Phone: 888-540-7364

Wesson: Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Address: 1028 JC Redd Dr Wesson, Mississippi 39191
Phone: 601-643-8346

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