FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|CONTACT:||Buel C. Young||MVA External Affairs|
MVA EXPANDS CDL MILITARY WAIVER PERIOD FOR VETERANS
Grace Period Increases to One-Year
GLEN BURNIE, MD (August 28, 2014) - The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is pleased to announce that the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Military Waiver grace period to allow a waiver of the CDL skills test for veterans has been increased from 90 days to one-year from the date of military separation.
The CDL Military Waiver allows veterans and active duty personnel who meet specific criteria to use the skills they obtained in the military to obtain the recognized civilian CDL. As permitted under regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the MVA will waive the driver skills test for veterans, which is required to obtain a commercial license.
The waiver only applies to a Class A and Class B CDL. To qualify, veterans must:
- have two years of experience driving vehicles as part of their job function immediately preceding their discharge from the military;
- have a good driving record;
- have a certification from their commanding officers of the type of vehicle they operated to determine the appropriate license classification and their years of operation; and
- pass the CDL knowledge test.
“The waiver will help experienced veterans and active duty personnel transition into civilian jobs as commercial truck and bus drivers,” said MVA Administrator Milt Chaffee. “As more and more veterans return back to Maryland, the streamlined process will help expedite the process for them to connect to quality transportation jobs.”
The CDL Military Waiver is part of the “Joining Forces” initiative to promote expanded employment and career development opportunities for veterans.
For more detailed information on this new service for veterans, visit the MVA website at: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/drivers/apply/military.htm