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.
Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Information (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
Veterans' resources for training and certifications
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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.email@example.com 202-366-0677.
Alway Check with Your Home States Requirements as they may be stricter.
NOTE: If your Trailers GVWR is More Than 10000 Lbs. You Must has a CDL
Pursuant to Federal standards, States issue CDLs and CLPs to drivers according to the following license classifications:
Class A*: Any combination of vehicles which has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) whichever is greater, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) whichever is greater.
Class B*: Any single vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or more), or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight that does not exceed 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).
Class C: Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.