Missouri Text Messaging and Cell Phone Laws

Except for commercial and novice drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Missouri. Novice drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and as of January 3, 2012, commercial motor vehicle drivers (those with a commercial driver's license -- CDL -- such as school bus drivers) are prohibited from using hand-held mobile phones and push-to-talk cellphones while driving.

Cell Phone Use

With the exception of commercial drivers (truck drivers, school bus dirvers, etc.), there is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers in Missouri.

Texting Laws

Only novice drivers – drivers 21 or under – are prohibited form texting while driving.

Bus Drivers

As of January 3, 2012, bus drivers are prohibited from using hand-held mobile phones and push-to-talk cellphones while driving.

How is it Enforced?

Missouri’s novice texting laws and CDL anti-cell phone laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull a novice over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees a novice driver texting and issues a citation.

Review Missouri’s teen texting law.

Other Missouri Information on this Website  

Drunk Driving Laws, Penalties and Fines in Missouri

Teen Driving Laws and Insurance Requirements in Missouri

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