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Do You Need A Commercial Drivers License?

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:

  1. Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.
  2. 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.
  3. A vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver).
  4. 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 free consultation.

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