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How to get a CDL in Missouri

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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.

Missouri CDL Requirements

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

  • Be at least 18 years old. (21 to have passengers or drive out of state.)
  • Have a valid Missouri driver’s license.
  • 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.) 
  • Complete an Entry Level Driver Training Course. (DRC’s Missouri CDL training schools are FMCSA registered providers)
  • Pass the required skills test

Get a 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

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.

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 Scott City. 

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Missouri CDL Training?
Our ELDT CDL training program is 160 hours. Read more on how long it takes to get your CDL.

Is ELDT required to get your Missouri CDL? 
Yes, if you obtained your Missouri CDL Permit after 2/7/2022, you are required to complete an Entry Level Driver Training Program.

What documents can you use as proof of Missouri residency?
A paper copy of the following with your name and address: utility bill, voter registration card, bank statement, property tax receipt, W-2,1099 form, government check or paycheck.

What can you use as proof of U.S. citizenship/permanent residency?
Valid U.S. Passport or card, U.S. Birth Certificate, Certificate or Naturalization or Citizenship, Valid Permanent Resident card, Valid, Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD),Valid, Unexpired Foreign Passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa accompanied by an I-94.

What can you use as proof of social security number?
You must have one document that shows your name and social security number. Those include: Social Security Card (must be signed), W-2 Form, SSA-1099 Form, Non-SSA-1099 Form, Pay Stub with applicant’s name and SSN, Non Social Security Number verification from the Social Security Administration

What is on the Missouri Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) test?
The Missouri CLP includes three sections: General Knowledge, Combinations and Air Brakes

Get Started

Fill out the form below to get started with CDL school enrollment. A career specialist will be in touch to review program details, tuition and job opportunities. You can get your CDL in 3-4 weeks with little to no our of pocket costs.