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FMCSA eases CDL requirements for military members

Ruling allows states to waive CLP knowledge test

Posted October 1, 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ruled that states are allowed, but not required, to waive requirements for the commercial learner’s permit (CLP) knowledge test for certain military members.

The ruling covers individuals who have been regularly employed within the last year in a military position that requires the operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The ruling includes the option for the state driver licensing agencies to waive the tests required for a passenger carrier endorsement, tank vehicle endorsement, or hazardous material endorsement with proof of training and experience.

One of the effects of the rule is that it will allow military members to more easily transition into a civilian commercial driver’s license because of their armed forces training and experience. Another factor is the potential cost savings, as FMCSA said it could save up to $16.66 million over a 10-year period.

The rule was supported by, among others, the American Trucking Associations, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the American Bus Association, and the National School Transportation Association.

The rule is effective November 27, 2018.

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