FMCSA grants states military CDL waiver

90-day timeline extended to one year

Posted June 30, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced its decision to grant the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) and all other state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) 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 exemption extends the 90-day timeline to one year following the driver's separation from military service. The Missouri DOR believed that the 90-day timeframe is too short to take advantage of the waiver for many of the qualified discharged veterans entering and settling into civilian life.

FMCSA has analyzed the Missouri DOR exemption application and the public comments and has determined that the exemption will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.

The exemption is effective July 8, 2016, through July 8, 2018.

A similar exemption was granted to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Motor Vehicles and all SDLAs on July 8, 2014, effective through July 8, 2016.

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