Knowledge Test Class A
This license is required for driving any legal combination of vehicles, with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of a trailer exceeds 10,000 pounds To receive this license, applicants must pass a 50-question test. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Each question has three possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Missouri Commercial Driver’s Manual. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Combination, Doubles and Hazardous Materials. Endorsements that may be used with a Class A CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, HazMat and Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. Blocking cargo:
Blocking and bracing are techniques to keep cargo from shifting in transit. A piece of cargo should be blocked to its front, back, and/or sides to prevent movement.
2. If you are driving at a reduced speed in a construction zone when you spot a construction worker near the road, you should:
Always decrease your speed when traveling through a construction area. Slow down even further if there are workers on or near the roadway.
3. If you see taillights ahead while you are driving in fog:
When driving under foggy conditions, lights cannot be taken as a reliable indication of where the road is. The lights may be coming from a vehicle that has pulled off the road.
4. To make your vehicle more visible during the day, you should:
Low beam headlights should be used for best visibility, even during the day. Using high beam headlights around other drivers can be dangerous.
5. When backing a truck, you should:
Backing a commercial motor vehicle is always dangerous because you cannot see everything behind you. When backing, make frequent checks of the mirrors on both sides of the vehicle. Use a helper whenever possible.
6. When applying for a hazardous materials endorsement, being found guilty of which of the following is a disqualifying offense?
Amongst other crimes, a felony conviction for arson will disqualify a person from obtaining, renewing, or transferring a hazardous materials endorsement.
7. When driving a vehicle equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), you should:
Drivers of vehicles equipped with ABS and drivers of vehicles without ABS should brake in relatively the same manner. When ABS is working properly, it automatically applies when brakes are applied in situations that may create lockup.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Flatbed trucks with trailers
- Tanker trucks with trailers
- Livestock carriers with trailers
- Double and triple trailers
It is important to note that each type of vehicle may require specific endorsements or additional certifications. For example, to transport hazardous materials, you would need to obtain a Hazmat endorsement in addition to your Class A CDL license.
1. Be at least 18 years old to obtain an intrastate CDL or 21 years old to obtain an interstate CDL.
2. Hold a valid Missouri driver's license.
3. Provide proof of lawful presence in the United States.
4. Provide a valid social security number.
5. Pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam and obtain a medical examiner's certificate.
6. Pass a written knowledge test specific to the Class A CDL license.
7. Obtain a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) by passing a general knowledge test and any applicable endorsement tests.
8. Complete behind-the-wheel training with a qualified CDL instructor or through an approved training program.
9. Pass a driving skills test in the specific type of vehicle you will be driving with your Class A CDL license.
It is important to note that additional endorsements may be required for certain vehicles or types of cargo, such as hazardous materials or passenger transportation. Additionally, all applicants must pass a background check and provide a driving history record from all states where they have held a driver's license in the past 10 years.
1. Hazmat endorsement (H) - required to transport hazardous materials
2. Tanker endorsement (N) - required to transport liquids or gases in bulk containers
3. Double/triple trailer endorsement (T) - required to tow two or three trailers at once
4. Passenger endorsement (P) - required to transport passengers in a vehicle designed to carry 16 or more people
In order to obtain an endorsement, you must pass a written knowledge test specific to that endorsement and meet any additional requirements, such as obtaining a TSA background check for the hazmat endorsement. It's important to note that endorsements may also have additional age requirements or restrictions.
1. Pre-Trip Inspection: You will be asked to conduct an inspection of your vehicle to ensure that it is in safe operating condition. You will need to identify and explain the function of various parts and systems of the vehicle.
2. Basic Vehicle Control: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in various situations, such as backing up, turning, and parking.
3. On-Road Driving: You will be asked to drive the vehicle on public roads while demonstrating your ability to safely operate the vehicle and obey traffic laws.
Each part of the test is designed to assess your knowledge, skills, and ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. It's important to note that the test must be taken in a vehicle that is representative of the type of commercial vehicle you plan to operate with your Class A CDL license, such as a tractor-trailer combination.
1. Air Brake Restriction: If you did not pass the air brakes knowledge and skills tests, you will have an air brake restriction placed on your license and will not be authorized to operate a vehicle equipped with air brakes.
2. Manual Transmission Restriction: If you took the skills test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, you will have a restriction on your license that prohibits you from operating a vehicle with a manual transmission.
3. Hazmat Endorsement Restrictions: If you have a hazmat endorsement on your license, you may be subject to additional restrictions, such as restrictions on the types of materials you can transport, limitations on the quantity of materials you can transport, or restrictions on the routes you can take.
4. Intrastate Only Restriction: If you do not meet federal medical requirements or do not meet the minimum age requirement for interstate driving, you may be restricted to driving within the state of Missouri only.
It's important to understand and adhere to any restrictions or limitations on your Class A CDL license to avoid penalties or fines.
However, if you have difficulty reading or understanding English, you may be able to use an interpreter for the written test. You must provide your own interpreter and they must be fluent in both English and your preferred language. The interpreter must also sign an affidavit stating that they will accurately translate the test questions and answers.
It's important to note that if you use an interpreter for the written test, you will be required to take the driving skills test with a State Trooper who speaks English, as there are no interpreters allowed during the on-road portion of the CDL skills test.
To request accommodations, you must submit a written request to the Missouri Department of Revenue's Driver License Bureau at least 30 days before your scheduled test date. The request must include documentation of your disability and a description of the specific accommodations you require.
Examples of accommodations that may be available include extended testing time, a separate testing room, or the use of assistive technology such as screen readers or magnifiers.
Once your request has been received and reviewed by the Missouri Department of Revenue, they will contact you to discuss your accommodations and make arrangements for your test. It's important to note that not all requests for accommodations may be granted, and reasonable alternatives may be suggested if the requested accommodation is not feasible.
Each time you take the written test, you will be charged a fee. Therefore, it's important to adequately prepare for the test to increase your chances of passing on your first attempt. You can find study materials, including the Missouri Commercial Driver License Manual, on the Missouri Department of Revenue's website.
If you fail the test multiple times or are having difficulty passing it, you may want to consider enrolling in a commercial driver's license training program. These programs can provide additional instruction and practice to help you pass the written test and prepare for the skills test.