Missouri seeks renewal of waiver that allows military-trained drivers to bypass CDL knowledge test

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The Missouri Department of Revenue is seeking an extension of a waiver that allows certain military veterans to exempt out of the commercial learner’s permit general knowledge test.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration first granted the waiver in 2016 for two years. Missouri DOR is requesting a two-year renewal of the exemption.

Veterans who participated in dedicated truck driving training in approved military programs effectively get credit for that training and expertise when applying for a civilian CLP. Missouri DOR says veterans in these programs “have already received numerous hours of classroom training, practical skills training and one-on-one road training.”

The current exemption allows all states to waive the CDL knowledge test for qualified current or former military personnel who completed training in military heavy-vehicle driving programs, but it doesn’t require states to do so.

FMCSA is seeking public comment on the exemption renewal request, which can be made at www.regulations.gov by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0130 when the notice is published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

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