Missouri CDL License Requirements

To drive a commercial vehicle in Missouri, you must first obtain a Missouri commercial driver's license (CDL). In Missouri, a CDL is required to drive the following types of commercial vehicles:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles that have a gross combined weight rating of more than 26,001 pounds, if the vehicle(s) towed are over 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: A single vehicle weighing over 26,001 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles able to transport 16 or more people, including the driver, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials that require special placards

To obtain a Missouri CDL, you must be at least 18 years old, pass a vision exam and obtain a medical certificate. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) governs the transportation of materials across state lines. Federal regulations require truck drivers hauling materials from one state to another to be at least 21 years old. Applicants then need to take a general knowledge exam and a practical skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection and an on-road driving test. The State of Missouri requires that you test in a vehicle that matches the class of CDL you are trying to obtain--for example, you must test in a Class A vehicle if you wish to obtain a Class A CDL.

To drive a truck with double/triple trailers, a truck with air brakes, a tanker truck or a school bus, additional endorsements are required. If you wish to transport passengers or hazardous materials (Hazmat), additional endorsements are also required. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is needed for the Hazmat endorsement. A truck driving school will provide you with the knowledge and on-road driving skills needed to pass the Missouri CDL exams.

Resources for Missouri CDL Requirements

Visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website for more information.

Directory of Missouri Truck Driving Schools

Cape Girardeau: TCI Incorporated
Address: PO Box 509 Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63702
Phone: 573-450-1073

Cuba: Westwind CDL Training Center
Address: 1130 Hwy P Cuba, Missouri 65453
Phone: 888-330-7410

Hazelwood: MTC Truck Driver Training
Address: 11842 Missouri Bottom Rd Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
Phone: 800-455-4682

Independence: Metropolitan Community College
Address: 20301 E 78 Hwy Independence, Missouri 64057
Phone: 816-604-6500

Kansas City: Roadmaster
Address: 5036 Gardner Ave Kansas City, Missouri 64120
Phone: 816-241-7500

Linn: Linn State Technical College
Address: 1 Technology Dr Linn, Missouri 65051
Phone: 573-897-5000

Malden: Southern Missouri Truck Driving School Inc
Address: 1200 Vandenberg Ave Malden, Missouri 63863
Phone: 573-276-3860

Neosho: Crowder College Truck Driving
Address: 601 Laclede Ave Neosho, Missouri 64850
Phone: 800-541-2891

Park Hills: MTC Truck Driver Training
Address: 5270 Flat River Rd Park Hills, Missouri 63601
Phone: 573-518-2157

Sedalia: State Fair Community College
Address: 3201 W 16th St Sedalia, Missouri 65301
Phone: 660-530-5832

Springfield: C1 Truck Driver Training
Address: 6395 E State Hwy 00 Springfield, Missouri 65757
Phone: 877-626-5455

Springfield: Ozarks Technical Community College
Address: 1001 E Chestnut Expwy Springfield, Missouri 65802
Phone: 417-447-6914

Springfield: Prime Inc
Address: 2740 N Mayfair Springfield, Missouri 65803
Phone: 877-PRIME-JOB

St Louis: Nu-Way Truck Driver Training Centers
Address: 8888 Hall St St Louis, Missouri 63147
Phone: 888-261-0105

Troy: Witte Bros Exchange Inc
Address: 575 Witte Industrial Ct Troy, Missouri 63379
Phone: 636-462-8402

West Plains: South Central Career Center
Address: 1009 Jackson St West Plains, Missouri 65775
Phone: 417-256-2256

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