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Missouri to Implement Modernized Commercial Driver License Testing Procedures Starting December 4

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Department of Revenue have announced a forthcoming change in the Commercial Driver License (CDL) testing procedure to modernize and streamline the process. The new testing standards, set to commence on December 4, 2023, will be adopted statewide by all CDL examiners, encompassing both Patrol examination sites and third-party examination locales.

The refined testing procedure is characterized by a more streamlined pre-trip examination and a more efficient basic skills course. These modifications are expected to enhance the overall testing experience for aspiring commercial drivers, aligning Missouri's CDL testing procedure with contemporary requirements.

In preparation for the new standards, individuals planning to undertake their CDL skills tests on or after December 4 are advised to refer to the newly released CDL manual, which outlines the updated procedures. The manual is accessible on the Department of Revenue's website. Until December 1, the existing testing procedures will remain in effect, and the current CDL manual will remain available online.

As outlined by federal guidelines, a significant aspect of the new procedure stipulates that applicants must pass both the pre-trip and basic skills segments using the same testing model. This implies that if an applicant clears the old model pre-trip examination, they must likewise pass the old model basic skills test to qualify for the road test. Training schools and CDL applicants are encouraged to consider this while scheduling their testing plans.

Kevin Shwedo, Executive Director of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, emphasized the progression towards modernized testing standards. “SCDMV continues pushing forward with this modernized test and to add locations where testing for a commercial driver’s license is available,” said Shwedo. This sentiment reflects the broader aim to ensure that the commercial driving sector remains updated with evolving technological and procedural advancements, facilitating a smoother pathway for individuals entering the field.

For additional information regarding the updated CDL testing procedure in Missouri, interested parties can visit the Department of Revenue's official website. The site provides extensive details regarding the transition to the new testing standards, aiding training schools and individual applicants in adequately preparing for the changes ahead.