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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit for obtaining a Commercial Driver License (CDL)?

Yes. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit for obtaining a CDL, however, an applicant must be able to pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. For more information, visit Montana Department of Justice at Commercial Driver Licensing and DOT at Physical Qualifications (Part 391) or refer to the Montana Commercial Driver License Manual.

Does a Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) qualify an individual to drive a Class B vehicle?
Yes. A Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) qualifies the driver to drive all Class B vehicles (dump truck, cement truck, straight delivery truck, etc) except for those Class B vehicles which require a passenger or school bus endorsement. For more information, visit Montana Department of Justice at Commercial Driver Licensing and Commercial License Endorsements.

Does Missoula College offer a Class B-only Commercial Driver License (CDL) program?
No. The Missoula College Commercial Driver License (CDL) program is a Class A License program, which qualifies applicant to drive any Class B vehicle (dump truck, cement truck, straight delivery truck, etc.) except those Class B vehicles which require a passenger or school bus endorsement. For more information, visit Montana Department of Justice at Commercial License Endorsements.

What happens if a student does not pass the State Commercial Driver License (CDL) exam? 
Remedial training is scheduled according to Missoula College availability. Remedial training cost is $75 per hour. Requisite remedial hours are at instructor’s discretion (minimum four hours). State Commercial Driver License (CDL) exam rescheduling cost is $200.

Is a learner’s permit require to enroll in the CDL training program?
You can enroll in the CDL program without a commercial learner permit (CLP). But you will need it before any hands-on driving training begins. It’s a good idea to study the Montana CDL Manual and schedule a permit test appointment before your CDL training classes start. Permit tests are held at the DMV. Passing the written test means you will have your Commercial Learner Permit (CLP). 

You will need the following required documents when you arrive for your exam:

If you have a valid standard Montana Drivers license:

  • Your valid Montana driver’s license
  • Proof of Authorized Presence
  • Medical Examiners Card
If you have a valid Out-of-State Commercial Driver’s license:
  •  Your valid Out-of-State CDL
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Montana Residency
  • Proof of Authorized Presence
  • Social Security number
  • Valid Medical Examiners card
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