The Missouri State Highway Patrol will begin providing written testing for applicants with essential needs who are applying for a commercial drivers license.

Written tests for commercial drivers licenses will be limited to specific testing locations statewide. Potential applicants should call the number listed for their area at https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/HP32DES/DESTable.jsp to determine locations and times the services will be offered. 

People residing in Phelps County should call Troop I at (573) 368-2345. 

The tests will be administered during the week of April 27, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Eric. Olson said in a release today. The patrol will restrict the number of applicants allowed in each facility to ensure that the recommended social distancing measures are followed.

All applicants should wear appropriate face coverings while in the facility. The patrol also reminds the public that there are several coronavirus related extensions in Missouri for licenses, permits and registrations. 

Vehicle owners with registrations license plates expiring in the months of March and April have been granted an automatic two-month extension and will be able to continue operating their vehicles on Missouri roadways without penalty until they can apply for renewal.

The information on other extensions can be viewed at https://dor.mo.gov/open.php. 

The Patrol is monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and will update the public as soon as additional testing services have been reinstated. 

The patrol requests that members of the public who have had contact with any person diagnosed with COVID-19 who is not medically cleared, or have had contact with any person diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 refrain from taking a written test for a commercial drivers license.

People who have been asked to self-quarantine or have an unexplained fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptom related to the virus or other respiratory infection should refrain from taking a written examination.

If members of the public are unsure about whether they meet any of these criteria, the patrol says please postpone seeking a written commercial drivers license examination, and return at a later date.

This patrol's request is based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

For additional questions pertaining to driving tests people should call the Driver and Vehicle Safety Division at (573) 751-2341.