Missouri requests exemption for vets seeking commercial learner's permit

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Missouri Department of Revenue is attempting to make it easier for military veterans to obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit.

Current regulations require a driver to pass a general knowledge test before being issued a CLP. The Missouri Department of Revenue has requested an exemption from the knowledge test requirement for qualified veterans who participated in dedicated training in approved military programs, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Wednesday on the Federal Register.

According to the Federal Register, Missouri’s goal “is to assist qualified veterans in obtaining employment when returning to the civilian workforce and that granting this exemption will assist veterans who have already been through extensive military training.”

The Missouri Department of Revenue contends qualified veterans who participated in the dedicated training in approved military programs have already received numerous hours of classroom training, one-on-one road training, and practical skills training that are essential for safe driving.

The hours of training required by these military programs before certifying trainees to drive military vehicles is in excess of the minimum entry-level driver training required in FMCSA’s proposed rulemaking, the Missouri Department of Revenue said.

The FMCSA is requesting public comment on the exemption application. Since the issue isn’t unique to Missouri, the FMCSA also requests public comment as to whether the exemption, if granted, should cover all state drivers’ licensing agencies.

Comments, which must be received by May 20, may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Online at Regulations.Gov
  • Through the mail at Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001
  • By hand delivery or through a courier to West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.
  • By fax at 1-202-493-2251. 

Each submission must include the Federal Docket Management System Number of FMCSA-2016-0130. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to Regulations.Gov, including any personal information included in a comment.

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