The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that makes it easier for individuals leaving military service to obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or commercial driver's license (CDL). The 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.
The rule takes effect December 12, 2016. For a copy of the final rule, click here.