EXEMPTION FROM CDL SKILLS TEST FOR FORMER MILITARY MEMBERS EXTENDED TO 1 YEAR UNTIL 2018

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State driver licensing agencies can now waive the commercial driver’s license skills test for up to one year for military veterans who drove commercial vehicles during their service.

This is an increase from the existing 90-day deadline.

In a June 29 notice of final disposition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says it “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 FMCSA notice specifically responds to a Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) request for an exemption to the 90-day deadline, but grants the exemption to all other state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs).

“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.” the FMCSA says.

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

The FMCSA granted a similar exemption to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Motor Vehicles (VA DMV) and all SDLAs on July 8, 2014, effective through July 8, 2016. The FMCSA said in a report last year more than 10,000 former military personnel have taken advantage of the 90-day skills test waiver since May 2011.

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