Missouri seeks exemption from CDL knowledge test for veterans

FMCSA wants public input on granting exception for all states

Posted April 22, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the April 20 Federal Register announcing it has received an application from the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR), Driver's License Bureau, for a limited exemption from the Agency's commercial driver's license (CDL) regulations. These regulations require a driver to pass the general knowledge test before being issued a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP).

The Missouri DOR is requesting an exemption from knowledge test requirement for qualified veterans who participated in dedicated training in approved military programs. The Missouri DOR states that its 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.

FMCSA is requesting public comment on the exemption application. In addition, because the issue raised by the Missouri DOR is not unique to that state, 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 20, 2016. They may be submitted identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA-2016-0130 to the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

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