Missouri requests to extend timeline for military CDL skill test waiver

FMCSA considering granting more time for all states, public invited to comment

Posted April 12, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it has received an application from the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) for a limited exemption from the Agency's commercial driver's license (CDL) regulations. These regulations allow a state to waive the CDL skills test for applicants regularly employed or previously employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

The Missouri DOR proposes that it be allowed to extend the 90-day timeline to one year following the driver's separation from military service. The Missouri DOR believes the 90-day timeframe is too short to take advantage of the waiver for many of the qualified discharged veterans reentering and settling into civilian life.

FMCSA is requesting public comment on this application for exemption. In addition, because the issues concerning the Missouri request could be applicable in each of the states, FMCSA requests public comment whether the exemption, if granted, should cover all State Driver's Licensing Agencies (SDLAs).

Comments must be received on or before May 11, 2016.

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