More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Military Skills Test Waiver Program.
In the first three years of the program, about 6,000 former military personnel obtained a civilian commercial driver’s license (CDL). In the past 12 months, another 4,000 individuals have taken advantage of the program.
The waiver program, which began in 2011, grants state licensing agencies, including the District of Columbia, the authority to waive the skills test portion of the CDL application for active duty or recently separated veterans who possess at least two years of safe driving experience operating a military truck or bus. Waiving the skills test expedites the civilian CDL application process and reduces expenses for qualified individuals and operating costs to state licensing agencies.