FMCSA further easing restrictions on vets seeking CDLs

| Friday, July 25, 2014

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that they would extend the skills test waiver for experienced veterans from 90 days to one year. That program now includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia. An extension to the waiver for veterans with limb impairment or missing limbs has also been tacked onto the program.

The FMCSA Military Skills Test Waiver Program allows for active duty or recently detached veterans who have at least two years of safe driving experience with a military truck or bus to waive the skills test necessary for acquiring a commercial driver’s license. By allowing the waiver, veterans can more smoothly transition to civilians while lowering costs for both the driver and state licensing agencies.

Launched in 2011, Alaska became the 50th state to participate in the program on June 27, 2014.

In addition to a one-year extension for all states, Virginia has rolled out an initiative to recognize state-issued Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificates acquired due to “limb impairment” as an equivalent to the federally-issued SPE. The SPE will allow these drivers to obtain an interstate commercial driver’s license. FMCSA is encouraging other states to adopt a similar equivalency program for SPEs.

More than 6,000 military personnel have taken advantage of the Military Skills Test Waiver Program, according to a DOT press release.

For more information and application forms, visit the program’s website here.

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