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How to get a CDL in Missouri


Getting a CDL in Missouri is easier and quicker than you may think. Follow these steps outlined below to learn how to get your CDL in Missouri, including Missouri state requirements, the DOT Physical, the CDL permit test, entry level driver training, and more. It will tell you everything that you need to know to get a Commercial Driver’s License and start working as a truck driver in Missouri.

State of Missouri CDL Requirements

The first step in getting your CDL- A is to review the CDL license requirements for Missouri. You’ll have to meet the necessary requirements to be certified in Missouri as a commercial truck driver, including:

  • Have a valid state of Missouri driver’s license.
  • Be at least 18 years old. (21 to have passengers or drive out of state.)
  • Have a Missouri Commercial Learner’s Permit (CDL permit) at least 14 days before taking the CDL test. (A CLP is not required to enroll in CDL school. We will help you get your permit as part of training.) 
  • Pass the required skills test
  • Complete an Entry Level Driver Training Course. (DRC’s Missouri CDL training schools are FMCSA registered providers)

The DOT Physical

The next step in getting a CDL is the DOT Physical. It is not required to start ELDT training. However, it will make the first week of training less stressful and ensure that you meet the physical requirements to operate a commercial vehicle. A DOT physical is required to get your Commercial Learner’s Permit. The DOT physical must be performed by a licensed medical examiner. A passing score means that you are medically certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. This certification is valid for two years. 

How to get a Missouri Commercial Learner’s Permit

You must obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit for east 14 days before taking the CDL test. Enrollment in an ELDT program does not require a permit. We will help you get your permit as part of the training. Getting your CDLP requires you to:

  • Pass the written knowledge test.
  • Provide 1 document proving legal residency in the U.S.
  • Submit a review of your driving record.
  • Present valid Medical Examiner’s certificate.
  • Valid driver’s license in the state of Missouri
  • Be at least 18 years old

How to Pass the CDL Permit Exam

Are you concerned about passing the written portion of the CDL exam? Don’t stress. We’ve created free CDL practice tests to help you prepare. We recommend you review the Missouri CDL manual and then take the Missouri CDL practice tests. This includes the General Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination Vehicle practice tests.

Complete an Entry Level Driver Training Program

In order to get a Class A CDL in Missouri, you must first complete Entry Level Driver Training from a certified school. The ELDT provides a minimum set of standards for new commercial drivers regardless of the state in which they receive training. The goal is to ensure all drivers learn the same basic safety skills. The entry-level driver training final rule went into effect on February 7th, 2022.

To show proficiency, students must score a minimum of 80 percent on the theory assessment. To qualify for the CDL test, students must complete the specified behind-the-wheel training and receive an endorsement from their instructor.

When getting a CDL in Missouri selecting a CDL training provider is an important decision. Check to make sure the school you plan to attend is on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry.  We offer ELDT approved training in St. Louis, Park Hills, and Cape Girardeau. 

How Long Does it Take to Get a CDL in Missouri

Our CDL training course is 160 hours and combines classroom, road, and range training. Generally, it takes three to four weeks to complete CDL training when attending full time.

How to Pass the Missouri CDL Exam

Next, once you show proficiency in all aspects of ELDT, you are ready to take the CDL exam. The Missouri CDL exam includes three parts: 1. Pre-trip inspection test 2. Basic control skills test and driving test. Your CDL school will make an appointment for you to take the CDL test. You will be issued a Commercial Driver’s License by the state of Missouri after passing the CDL exam.

Getting a CDL is a big decision. It is vital to understand the Missouri state CDL requirements. Our Missouri CDL schools will help you navigate these requirements and ensure you are fully prepared to pass your CDL exam.

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