The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 16 proposed changes that would make it easier for individuals leaving military service to obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or commercial driver's license (CDL). The proposed rule would extend the time period for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to 1 year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). FMCSA also would allow states to accept applications and administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that state.
The proposed changes to establish easier procedures for active military personnel to obtain CDLs stems from a November 2013 report on a study mandated by Congress on federal and state regulatory, economic and administrative challenges faced by current and former members of the Armed Forces in obtaining CDLs.
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