To become a commercial motor vehicle driver, you must obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). A CDL is a driver's license required for drivers who wish to drive across state lines in the United States to operate any type combination of vehicle which has vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds (11,793 kg) pounds. In addition, a CDL is required to drive any single vehicle with a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds or more for commercial use.
New federal rules and regulations now allow State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA), the right to waive the commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test for military personnel who have two years of safe driving experience in a large truck or bus. Other restrictions may be applied by each individual State.
More information about the CDL:
- CDL Registration and Licensing (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
- Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Information (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
What is your military experience?
|Air Force||2T1X1||Vehicle Operations|
|Army||88M||Motor Transport Operator|
|Marine Corps||3531||Motor Vehicle Operator|
How do I find my State Driver Licensing Agency?
The State Driver License Agency is located in different offices across the country, which may include the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of State or the Department of Public Safety. Active duty military and veterans who wish to take advantage of the skills test waiver should contact their home SDLA. For a list of all SDLAs, visit the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) website to find the specific Motor Vehicle Agency:
What are veterans resources for training and certifications?
You may be able to use veteran’s benefits to cover the cost of training or testing for specific certifications/licenses. For more information about benefits to help support your costs visit:
I have my state license. Where can I find available jobs?
The US military provides a number of job assistance services. There are several search engines that are available specifically for veterans as they explore civilian careers Suggested Key Words when searching for Driver positions: Bus Driver, Truck Driver, Flatbed Driver, and Tanker Truck Driver
Who do I contact for information on the CDL?
For more information regarding questions of converting military driving experience to a commercial driver’s license, contact Selden Fritschner, Chief of the CDL Section, Selden.firstname.lastname@example.org 202-366-0677.