Commercial licensing is complicated. Applying for a CDL can be easy with our MS guide to your CDL.

Basic Requirements For A Commercial Driver’s Permit/License

  • An applicant must be at least 17 years of age to obtain a CDL, 18 years if the applicant wishes to drive a school bus. Applicants must be 21 and above to be eligible for a hazardous materials endorsement.
  • If the applicant is 17 years of age, a certified birth certificate and a valid school form must be provided along with the other documents while applying for the CDL. The applicant will be allowed to drive intrastate (only) till he turns 21.
  • Must meet requirements for a Mississippi driver’s license.
  • Certify that you are in agreement with state motor carrier safety regulations. See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration .
  • Provide a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate. You can obtain one by having a licensed medical professional fill out the appropriate Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness reports. The medical examiner should provide you with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
  • Provide proof of identity.
  • Provide proof of legal presence.
  • Provide proof of Mississippi residency.
  • Provide your Social security number.

Steps To Apply For A CDL Permit/License

  1. You must meet the requirements for a Mississippi driver’s license.
  2. Fill out the CDL application form and hand in in-person to a DPS office. For more information see Instruction Permit section below.
  3. Pay the non refundable $25 fee for your application and $12.00 fee for your permit.
  4. Pass the vision screening test. An applicant’s whose vision is not at least 20/40 in each eye is not eligible for a CDL.
  5. Attend and then provide proof that you have taken a Commercial driver’s education program specifically for commercial motor vehicles.
  6. Take road test at your local DPS office.
  7. Pay license and endorsement fees.

Instruction Permit

In order to be eligible for a Mississippi CDL, you must first obtain a CDL instruction permit. First, you must fill out the CDL application form. Then show proof of legal presence and US residency. Next, pay the $12.00 permit fee. Lastly, pass the road and vision screening test. Also, you must have your instruction permit for 30 days before obtaining a CDL. Mississippi Instruction Permits expire in 1 year and are non-renewable.


The cost is $40.00 for a standard CDL license. If you are 17 years of age the license fee is $5.00. Please see the list of fees below:

  • $25.00 application fee (non refundable).
  • $12.00 permit fee.
  • $40.00 license fee to be paid once you pass the road test.
  • $50.00 license fee to be paid once you pass the road test (for those who are 17 years).
  • $5.00 for each endorsement to be added to your license.

CDL Endorsements

The following is a list of endorsements you can get on your CDL:

  • Hazardous Material (Class H).
  • Tank Vehicles (Class N).
  • Passenger-Carrying Vehicle (Class P).
  • School Bus (Class S).
  • Towing a Double or Triple Trailer (Class T).

Federal Guidelines For Interstate Drivers

The following is a list of federal requirements for interstate drivers.


Last updated on Thursday, February 15 2018.

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