A new requirement for commercial vehicle drivers’ licenses will take effect in Missouri at the end of the month. Drivers currently applying for a CDL are required to pass a written test, then take a skills test.

Current law allows those to be done on the same day. Once the new law begins on August 28th, applicants must wait 14 calendar days after passing the written exam before they can complete the skills test.

Press Release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to inform the public of a change in state law and federal motor carrier safety regulations that applies to commercial vehicle driver’s licenses. Presently drivers applying for a commercial vehicle driver’s license are required to pass a written test and then pass a skills test to obtain the appropriate class of commercial driver’s license. Under current law the skills test can be taken on the same day the permit is received.

The new requirement which takes effect August 28, 2013, states that commercial drivers, after passing the required written test(s), must obtain a permit, and maintain the permit for 14 calendar days before they will be allowed to take the skills test, which includes the pre-trip, basic, and road tests.

Questions regarding this new requirement may be directed to the Driver Examination Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, at 573-751-2341.