From time to time our firm receives calls from potential clients who are
unsure whether or not they need a CDL to drive the vehicle they are driving.
There is a federal requirement that each state have minimum standards
for the licensing of commercial drivers.
When determining whether or not you need a CDL license to drive a particular
vehicle in Missouri, we suggest you refer to the Missouri Commercial Driver's
License Manual. This manual can be found online
here: The manual sets out the standards for vehicles requiring a CDL and provides
driver license testing information for drivers who wish to have a commercial
driver license (CDL).
In Missouri, you must have a CDL to operate any of the following vehicles:
- Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001
pounds or more.
- A combination vehicle with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001
or more pounds, if the trailer(s) has a GVWR of 10,001 or more pounds.
- A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
- Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying
material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73.
Federal regulations through the Department of Homeland Security require
a background check and fingerprinting for the Hazardous Materials endorsement.
Contact your local DMV for more information.
To get a CDL, you must pass knowledge and skills tests. The Missouri Commercial
Driver's License Manual will help you pass the tests. This manual
is not a substitute for a truck driver training class or program. Formal
training is the most reliable way to learn the many special skills required
for safely driving a large commercial vehicle and becoming a professional
driver in the trucking industry.
Do not drive without a CDL if you think there is any chance that the vehicle
you are driving requires one. The penalties for doing so can be severe.
To learn more about driving without a CDL
click here. When considering whether or not you need a CDL, start with the Manual
and if you still need help call the attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC for a