Mississippi CDL Requirements

In State Driving Age:
Driving Between States Age:
Hazardous Age:
Exams Required:
  • Vision
  • Written Test
  • Driving Test
IDs Required:
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card

Before Mississippi residents decide to apply for a commercial driver license (CDL), they must be at least 17 years old. Then, they are going to need to pass a general knowledge test. They will need to study the Professional Driver’s Manual before they present themselves to the appropriate district office to take this test. After they pass this written test, they will be awarded a learner’s permit that will allow them to practice operating the vehicle they would like to be licensed to drive. The last examination will be the skills test that they will need to schedule an appointment to take.  The written portion of the test will cover information from the Mississippi CDl Manual.

The Eye Test

An eye test will be part of the examination. Every applicant must pass the eye test with 20/40 for each eye. If they cannot pass the eye test, they will not be granted a CDL.

What to Bring to the Skills Test

Applicants who will take the skills test will need to take the following items with them on testing day:

  • Their Mississippi driver licenses
  • The learner’s permit
  • The application for the CDL
  • A CDL-licensed driver to accompany the test-taker during the test
  • The type of vehicle that the applicant is applying to be licensed to drive
  • Social Security Card
  • A document proving that the applicant lives in the state of Mississippi
  • The fees

Applicants must ensure that they are on time for their appointments. The district office will reschedule the appointment if the applicant is more than 15 minutes late.

The Fees

Applicants will have at least three different fees to pay at the time of applying for their CDLs. The application fee is equal to $25, the fee for the learner’s permit is equal to $13 and the license fee will be $41. Applicants who are under 21 will only be charged $6 for their licenses. If the applicants need to add endorsements to their licenses, they will need to pay $5 for each one.

Special Restrictions

Applicants who are 17 years of age must also bring their Certificates of Attendance from their current schools along with their other documentation. If they are granted a CDL, they will be restricted to driving their commercial vehicles within the borders of Mississippi until they reach the age of 21. Applicants under the age of 21 may not apply for the hazardous materials endorsement.


Mississippi re-licensing information generally includes a 1 year grace period after expiration. Those who fail to renew after this period will be expected to take both written and driving tests again. You will need to provide a new physical each and every time you renew your CDL.

Truck Driving Shools in Mississippi also provide training and education for your Class A CDL License. 

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