A CDL renewal in Missouri must be done in person. If you are planning to renew your documentation for the first time, “what do you need to renew your CDL license?” is something you may be wondering. The state requires you to have a number of different items with you and completed when renewing your documentation. For instance, you need to provide information on the type of commercial motor vehicle you drive or expect to drive.

Moreover, there are different requirements in order for you to renew your commercial drivers license and your typical driving credential. For example, if you have a Hazardous Material Endorsement, one of the CDL renewal requirements involves you completing a background check. Read the sections below to understand the renewal process in Missouri.

When to Renew Your CDL License in Missouri

When you will need to complete a CDL renewal in Missouri depends on your age, the type of endorsement and license you have. There are licenses that are valid for 3 and 6 years. Moreover, if you are unsure when you need to renew your Missouri CDL, the Department of Revenue (DOR) will notify you by postcard 60 days prior to your CDL expiration date.

The notice is to remind you to complete the CDL license renewal and gives you time to gather the material you need to complete the renewal process. Also, your CDL will have information on when you need to renew your documentation, as it has an expiration date on it.

CDL Renewal Testing Requirements in Missouri

In order to renew your CDL, DOR requires you to complete a vision examination. The department does this to ensure you can see well enough to drive safely. Additionally, you will need to complete a sign recognition exam. This is to confirm that you understand the meaning of the different signals, and what you must do when you encounter a specific sign.

What do you need to renew your CDL license in Missouri?

If you are renewing your CDL, you will need to provide information to your State Driver’s License Agency (SDLA) regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation you drive in or expect to drive in. Depending on the type of operation, you will need to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to obtain a certified medical status as part of your driving record, which is required by the federal government.

The four different operations you may be a part of include:

  • Non-Expected Interstate:
    • You need to obtain a medical examiner’s certificate.
  • Non-Expected Intrastate:
    • You must meet Missouri’s medical requirements.
  • Expected Interstate:
    • You are not required to obtain a medical examiner’s certificate.
  • Expected Intrastate:
    • You are accepted from all or parts of Missouri’s medical requirements depending on the transportation or operation they are part of.

Furthermore, to renew your CDL, you must provide proof of your:

  • Name:
    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • Date of Birth:
    • U.S. Birth Certificate
    • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization
  • Place of Birth:
  • Proof of Social Security Number:
    • Provide your Social Security Number verbally
    • Social Security card
  • Proof of Missouri Residential Address:
    • Utility bill
    • Pay check
    • Mortgage document

Furthermore, applicants who are non-U.S. citizens must present appropriate immigration documents.

CDL Renewal Process in Missouri

To renew a commercial drivers license in Missouri, you need to visit your local facility. The state does not have an online or by mail option to renew your documentation. This makes it vital to ensure you have all the items the Department of Revenue requires to complete the process. Without proper documentation, you will not be able to renew your CDL.

Missouri CDL Permit Renewal Requirements

“How long is a CDL permit good for?” is a question you may have because you recently received your permit. The CDL permit expiration is 180 days from the date your documentation was issued.

After 180 days have past, you must complete all the required knowledge testing in order to obtain a new license. Also, you need to provide proof of your U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency or immigration documents that prove your eligibility to renew your documentation.

Hazardous Material Endorsement CDL Renewal Requirements in Missouri

Hazardous Material Endorsement drivers have additional guidelines they must satisfy in order to obtain a CDL renewal. For example, they must pass the hazardous materials written endorsement exam. If drivers pass the exam, it allows them to keep the endorsement in their license, which is what lets them transport hazardous material.

Also, you will be required to submit your fingerprints and be subject to a security threat assessment during the CDL license renewal process. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is in charge of the background check. You are not able to complete this part of the renewal process at your local DMV. However, once you complete the background check with TSA, the administration will notify the state, and you will be able to continue with the renewal process.

CDL Renewal Fees in Missouri

When you are renewing your CDL license, you will be charged with a renewal and processing fee. The fees you are required to pay depend on the type of documentation you are renewing, and how long you have had the license for:

  • CDL for 3 years or less:
    • $20 renewal fee
    • $2.50 office processing fee
  • CDL for more than 3 years:
    • $40 renewal fee
    • $5.00 processing fee
  • CLP for 6 months or less:
    • $5 renewal fee
    • $2.50 renewal fee


Last updated on Friday, March 6 2020.