FMCSA issues NPRM to ease CDL process for service members

Time allowed to apply for a skills test waiver would change from 90 days to 1 year

Posted March 17, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on March 16 that would amend regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers in the truck and bus industry by simplifying the process of getting a commercial learner's permit (CLP) or commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Specifically, the rulemaking 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).

The rulemaking 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. States that choose to accept such applications would be required to transmit the test results electronically to the state of domicile of the military personnel. The state of domicile would be required to issue the CDL or CLP on the basis of those results.

Comments on the proposed rulemaking must be received on or before May 16, 2016. You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FMCSA-2016-0051 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

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