Our program is affordable and teaches you everything you need to know about passing your CDL exam and getting your license in just 3 weeks.  After 3 short weeks at one of the best truck driving schools in Mississippi you will have your Class A CDL license.


Truck Driver Institute’s Class A CDL training in Tupelo is well-known as one of the most respected truck driving schools in Mississippi. Serving the area for over 16 years, the 10+ acre facility is a spacious, modern training center.



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One of the Best Truck Driving Schools in Mississippi

Unlike other truck driving schools in Mississippi we aren’t here to take your money and waste your time–we want to help you be the best student and truck driver you can be. That is why in 3 short weeks, after our tried and tested CDL program, you will have a Class A CDL license from TDI. Our classes are taught by industry experts who change the class to meet each students’ individual learning needs while still maintaining program standards. 

We pre-screen all of our students to make sure they fit the requirements of one of our partner carrying companies, so that no one is taken by surprise and unable to join a truck driving company while being certified. This is something that other truck driving schools in Mississippi don’t do. We do this extra step to ensure that our students have a job after graduation. 

With our over 82% job placement rating, it’s no surprise that we’re one of the best truck driving schools in Mississippi. We not only have one of the best truck driving programs, but we always go the extra mile for our TDI students and alumni. We drive the extra mile so you don’t have to. In fact, because of our extra care and our students’ effort, many of our students receive job offers before they even graduate. If you don’t receive an offer, though, no need to worry because we have free hiring services for all of our students and graduates. From the first day, we set you up with a staff member who works with you to find the best fit for you. You’ll be met with success and a success-driven staff member each mile you complete! If you later find that a job no longer works for you, you can always come back to us and we can help find you something else with a better fit.

We are affordable so anyone can join. Most truck driving schools in Mississippi want too much money up-front, preventing potential truck drivers from lower-income households from starting their truck driving careers–but we have incredibly reasonable prices and even offer discounts to veterans. If you don’t live in the Tupelo area, though, you can visit any of our other 10 locations, or we offer lodging for our out-of-town students. 

With our 10+ acres of land, we have ample space to do all of our necessary training and testing on site. And our facilities are modern with state of the art truck driving tools and teaching material. If you’ve only learned how to drive an automatic in a private vehicle, have no fear. In TDI’s CDL program, we teach automatic driving as well as manual driving in order to make sure you are a well-rounded truck driver and will excel no matter where you end up. Having all possible skills will prepare you for any upcoming situation. There’ll be no need to sweat the small stuff when you’re well-trained. At this, one of the best truck driving schools in Mississippi, we teach you everything you need to know and more. 

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Courses are a mixture of both classroom and behind-the-wheel training to ensure that you leave our training facilities with the skills, knowledge and experience that major transportation companies are looking for from their rookie drivers. 

While training at the Tupelo training facility, you will learn both the technical and the operational aspects of driving a semi-truck. Some of the technical information you will learn will include maintaining driver logs, reading maps, trip planning and conducting a pre-trip safety inspection of your vehicle. Being able to not only drive well and drive safely, but to be an organized and thorough driver is a must. There are many minor details that when added up can create an issue if overlooked. That is why we make sure to train you on every detail, from actually driving to prepping your vehicle. The hands-on portion of our training program puts you behind the wheel of a full-sized 18 wheeler truck while you learn shifting techniques, turning maneuvers and safely backing up the vehicle. Driving an 18 wheeler is much different than driving a regular private vehicle, so extra training is a must. We provide the vehicle, the opportunity, and the safe space to practice, while you provide the skill! Once you’ve mastered the handling of the tractor trailer forwards and backwards, you’ll be tested on-site for your Mississippi Class A CDL License!

Our Mississippi Truck Driving School Offers Class A, B & C CDL Training 

Although we focus more on the Class A CDL here at TDI than the other two types of commercial drivers licenses, we also offer training for the Class B CDL. Here’s a breakdown for each license and what types of vehicles they allow you to operate:

Class A CDL

This Class A CDL is the most advanced CDL that you can obtain. This is due to the fact that it allows you to drive everything up to a truck capable of towing a trailer with a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 10,000 pounds and over. It, therefore, expands the amount and types of hauls you are certified to drive, making you and your abilities more sought after. Moreover, the standard 18-wheeler requires a Class A commercial driver’s license to drive.

Note that a Class A CDL allows you to drive everything up to a full-sized semi-truck. That means you’re cleared to drive every vehicle that Class B and C CDL-certified drivers can operate. We recommend that new drivers go for the Class A license even if they’re not interested in long-haul trucking with a full-sized truck. This way, you won’t have to go back to school if you change your mind and wish to change what types of hauls you drive. Importantly, a Class A CDL is required to drive over state lines with that large-size cargo.

Class B CDL

This Class B CDL allows you to drive a vehicle that can carry less than 10,000 pounds GVWR and has a single-axle trailer. This means Class B drivers can drive all kinds of buses, box trucks, delivery trucks, dump trucks, tilt beds, tour buses, passenger vans, and more! While there are many possibilities with a Class B CDL alone, the size of what you’re carrying is limited. Similarly, we would also like to mention that the Class B CDL is restricted to the state in which it was issued. This means that you can’t drive between states to work long-haul jobs, further limiting the types of truck driving jobs you can take on. On the other hand, it’s perfect for professionals who are seeking regional driving careers. If you’d rather stay in your state closer to home, the Class B CDL may be perfect for you. That being said, you would have to go back to school to receive your Class A CDL if you ever changed your mind, which is why we suggest going for your Class A license at first anyway!

Class C CDL

Last but not least, the Class C CDL permits you to drive vehicles with GVWRs of less than 26,001 pounds, vehicles towing other vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds, and vehicles that transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. While this seems like an extended amount of possible hauls, it is still limiting compared to the other CDL types. 

The Class C CDL allows you to drive tank trucks, small trucks towing a trailer, passenger vans, and hazmat vehicles–provided you obtain the proper training and endorsements to do so. Hazardous materials need additional training apart from CDL licensing due to its potentially harmful nature. Class C CDLs are the least versatile commercial driving licenses you can receive. Which is why they may be more prevalent among people who have a particular need for a CDL, such as a job requirement that does not focus on driving. If you only need a CDL for a very particular job, the Class C CDL may be for you.

Want a convenient place to take your CDL exam?

Truck Driver Institute offers outside CDL testing at this location for all students, regardless of their affiliation with TDI.

Our Tupelo Truck Driving School Location

The Tupelo campus is conveniently located right off of Hwy. 45, just East of the Bancorp South Arena, making it easy to commute for your daily CDL training classes.

Don’t Live In the Tupelo Area?
Many of our students live outside of the area, but still choose one of the most respected truck driving schools in Mississippi because of the high-quality training and established partnerships with major carriers throughout the United States. If you live too far to commute to our Tupelo-area training facilities, no need to worry–that’s why we offer lodging for our out-of-town students.

Jon and Tammy Walker

Tennessee truck driving schoolTruck Driver Institute was the best choice for us. TDI allowed us to explore all carriers opportunities. The instructors were top notch, caring supportive and patient. We would recommend TDI to anyone interested in a career in the trucking industry.

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341 East Franklin Street
Tupelo, MS 38802
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*For Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students and VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch 31) students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679(e) which means Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in VA tuition and fee payments.  For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 GI Bill® student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form. Students must provide school with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) prior to beginning class, but not later than the first day of training. A print screen of Statement of Benefits page will be accepted in lieu of COE and verification of benefits will be required.  Please see 38 USC 3679(e) for complete details. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at
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