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Veterans Should Have an Easier Time Obtaining CDLs Under New Rule

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule last month that should simplify the process for veterans who want to obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Two specific provisions of the rule should make it easier for veterans to drive commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). First, the new rule allows veterans to apply for a skills test waiver for up to a year after leaving a military position that required the operation of a CMV. Currently, veterans must apply for that waiver within 90 days.

Second, the new rule allows a state to accept applications from, and administer CLP and CDL tests to, active duty military personnel who are stationed in the state, even if that state is not their state of domicile or permanent residence. States that do so would have to follow procedures acceptable to the state of domicile of the military personnel and then transmit test results to those states.