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A basic Missouri driver's license is known as a Class F license. This allows you to legally drive your car or truck for personal use, but not to drive a vehicle as a condition of employment.

Obtaining a Class E License

You must obtain a Class E license if you receive pay for driving a motor vehicle that transports 14 passengers or less, or if you transport items as part of your job. This rule applies to workers such as messengers, taxi drivers, chauffeurs, shuttle bus drivers, pizza delivery drivers, and day-care-center employees, to name a few.

Also known as a for-hire license, a Class E license allows you to drive any vehicle with a 26,000 lbs or less gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) that does not require a hazardous materials placard.

To obtain a Class E license in Missouri, you must be at least 18 years old. Under the state's graduated licensing law for teen drivers, you must also meet the "under 21 requirements" for a full license at the time of your application.

A Class E license requires written and road sign tests, as well as a short vision screening. If you already have a valid Missouri driver's license, a driving test is not needed.

The fee for a Class E license is $17.50 if the license is valid for 3 years or less. For a license valid up to 6 years, the fee is $35. Applicants 21 thru 69 years old are eligible to receive a license valid for 6 years.

Obtaining a CDL

If you want to drive a vehicle that transports more than 16 passengers, weighs 26,001 lbs or more, has a trailer 10,001 lbs or more, or requires a hazardous materials placard, you'll need to apply for a Missouri CDL.

You can also download the Missouri Commercial Driver License Manual (REV 2015) for more information.

Driving a School Bus

To obtain a job transporting students from home to school, school to home, or to school-sponsored events, you'll need a school bus endorsement, also known as the "S" endorsement. The endorsement is available to drivers who are at least 21 years old and have a valid Missouri CDL with a "P" (passenger) endorsement or a Class E license.

Driving under the influence is a very serious offense in Missouri. Your school bus endorsement can be suspended for 1 year if you fail to pass any drug, alcohol, or chemical tests administered in accordance with the law.

If you have additional questions about "S" endorsements, or how to seek employment as a bus driver, contact the Division of Financial and Administrative Services of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by e-mail at finadmgov@dese.mo.gov

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