CDL Permit Rule Requirements

CDL Medical Certification Requirements

Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

Hazardous Materials

Legal Information

Manuals

CDL Testing

  • CDL written knowledge testing may be completed at any Missouri State Highway Patrol Driver Examination Station. Pursuant to §302.720.2(1) RSMo, the written testing shall only be administered in English and no translators shall be allowed for applicants taking the knowledge test. The Missouri Commercial Driver License Manual is available online, in any MSHP Driver Examination office, or any Missouri license office.
  • CDL skills testing is available to the public by appointment only at defined Missouri State Highway Patrol CDL Test Sites. CDL skills test applicants must have completed applicable knowledge testing and have held a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) a minimum of 14 days prior to skills testing.
  • Reasonable testing accommodations for CDL applicants with disabilities, including persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, will be made in accordance with current State and Federal guidelines. Applicants may request consideration of accommodation by contacting the Missouri State Highway Patrol Driver and Vehicle Safety Division at 573-751-2341.
  • Applicants that wish to operate in a non-exempted interstate or non-exempted intrastate commerce are required to obtain a DOT Medical Examiner's Certificate prior to the issuance of a CLP or CDL. Drivers with physical impairments that may affect their ability to safely operate a CMV, must obtain a “variance” form issued through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For example, such “variance”, often a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE), is required for drivers with impaired or missing limbs, and must be carried with the Medical Examiner's Certificate at all times.
  • Resources:
    • Information from FMCSA regarding medical requirements can be found at www.FMCSA.dot.gov.
    • Information regarding Missouri Department of Transportation’s variance or waiver application program may be found:

Military

  • Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Missouri law allows active-duty or retired service member to complete an application for waiver of skills testing to obtain a commercial driver license (CDL). You must have been regularly employed within 90 days prior to waiver application date in a job requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle and have operated the commercial vehicle for the military for at least 60 days during the 2 years immediately preceding application date.

    In lieu of the Missouri CDL skills test, you must submit a completed Application for Military CDL Skills Test Waiver (Form 5140), along with all other required documentation. Please take care to complete the Form 5140 accurately. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility of the waiver.

    You must still complete the required knowledge examinations (at a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) driver examination station) for the commercial driver license class applied for.

    You may then apply and pay for the new CDL at any Missouri license office, and the written test results must not be more than 6 months (180 days) old at the time of application.

  • Military CDL Even Exchange Knowledge and Skills Test Waiver Missouri allows a current or former military service member to complete an application for waiver of knowledge and skills testing to obtain a CDL. A military applicant who is or was employed or designated as one of the following MOS ratings

    may be eligible to apply for such waiver:

    • U.S. Army; 88M, 14T, or 92F;
    • U.S. Air Force; 2T1, 2F0, or 3E2;
    • U.S. Marine Corps; 3531; or
    • U.S. Navy; E.O.

    You must have been regularly employed, within one year prior to the waiver application date, in a job requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle and must have operated the commercial vehicle for the military for at least the two years immediately preceding separation from the military. A completed Application for Military CDL Even Exchange (Form 5800) must be submitted, along with all other required documentation, at the time of application at any Missouri license office. Please take care to complete the Form 5800 accurately. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility of the waiver.

Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA)

Nondomiciled

Commercial Driver License or Commercial Learner’s Permit - State of Domicile

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 49 CFR 383.5, defines “State of Domicile” as the state where a person has his or her true, fixed and permanent home and principal residence at which he or she has the intention of returning whenever absent.

In compliance with the Federal regulation and Missouri State Code of Regulation 12 CSR 10-24.405, all commercial driver license or commercial learner’s permit applicants must submit two acceptable documents as proof of Missouri residency as part of any new, renewal, duplicate or address change transaction.

Acceptable documents:

School Bus (S) Endorsement

Commercial Endorsements and Restrictions

Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Registration Fees

Additional Information

  • Motor Carrier Services - This website is your gateway to Missouri state requirements, forms, and information for businesses and individuals interested in commercial operations of trucks, tractor-trailers, buses, limousines, or other commercial motor vehicles, on public highways in Missouri.