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In a groundbreaking initiative, according to the FMCSA, a program has been implemented across all states, opening up a remarkable opportunity for skilled military drivers. 

With a minimum of two years’ experience operating heavy military vehicles under their belt, these drivers can now acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL) without undergoing the rigorous driving test, commonly known as the skills test. 

This waiver program has witnessed an impressive uptake, with more than 40,000 service members and veterans embracing this exceptional pathway.

Timeline: Take The Test Within 12 Months of Leaving the Military

As part of this program, military personnel who possess a valid license and have been or currently are employed in a military position requiring them to operate a military motor vehicle comparable to a commercial motor vehicle within the past year (12 months) can take advantage of the skills test waiver. 

This revolutionary initiative recognizes the skills and expertise honed through military service, providing a streamlined route for capable drivers to obtain a CDL and explore promising opportunities in the commercial driving sector.

FASTPORT Breaks Down the Steps to Go from Vet to Over The Road Driver:

  • 21 years old or older
  • Valid non-commercial driver’s license
  • Copy of your military driver’s license
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Card
  • No convictions in any motor vehicle that disqualify you from obtaining a CDL. You can find the list of disqualifying offenses on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Website (49 CFR 383.51 (b)) by clicking here.
  • At least two (2) years of certified military driving experience in an approved vehicle.
  • Employed with the military within the last 12 months (1 year).