Truck driving schools can help you get started on a new and promising career path by helping you train towards properly operating a tractor trailer. Completing the program can take as little of three weeks, after which you will be on your way towards a high paying job in a growing industry.
Missouri’s top truck driving schools are located all across the state. Many can be found in major cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield, and Independence.
Get started on researching truck driving schools by using the map below to find schools near your location. Once you have gathered a list, reach out to each of them and inquire about upcoming classes and their availability. You can use the table below the map to find contact information for your schools of choice.
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Truck driving school requirements
Most truck driving schools will require that you meet some basic requirements prior to enrolling in their school. This is to ensure that you will be fully qualified to apply for a Class A CDL license once you graduate from their program. This may include:
- Passing a Department of Transportation medical exam
- Having a Missouri Class D drivers license – what you use to legally drive a car
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Prove United States citizenship or identification proving the ability to work in the US
- Speak and read English
- Do not have serious traffic offenses on your driving record
Some truck driving schools will have different requirements for enrollment, but it is important to ensure that you meet all of the legal requirements for obtaining a CDL license in Missouri and you do not have any circumstances that would disqualify you from receiving your license. Check with the Missouri Department of Revenue Commercial Drivers webpage page for up to date information on requirements for CDL permits, medical certification, and legal information.
Cost of CDL school
Costs of truck driving schools can vary across Missouri based on the level of training provided, quality of equipment, experience of instructors, additional endorsements received, and other factors. However you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 – $7,000 for a CDL school. Very few people pay the full price of the training – most schools allow you to pay for schooling over a set period time with no additional interest required.
Most people are eligible for some type of scholarship or grant through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. Check their website for up to date grants and scholarships as well as filing deadlines for each of the scholarships. You should also search for private grants and scholarships that may apply to your particular financial circumstances, financial aide through your truck driving school, as well as federal grants. If you were a member of the military, you should look into the GI Bill grant, the Workforce Investment Act Grant, or the Women in Trucking Foundation scholarship. You can also ask your CDL school if they are aware of any additional financial aide options that their students have used towards their programs in the past.
With a little bit of research and filling out various applications, you can potentially save thousands of dollars on the total cost of receiving your CDL license training and certification.