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New York State Makes It Easier for Vets to Get Commercial Drivers Licenses
Thursday, February 09, 2012 - 04:14 PM
New York State is changing commercial drivers license regulations to make it easier for veterans to get jobs.
The state will waive road tests for veterans applying for a commercial driver's license if they have military experience operating a similar vehicle, the state announced.
The waiver is now available for up to 90 days after discharge or for active duty military and active duty New York National Guard members that currently hold a valid driver license.
Applicants must be regularly employed, or have been regularly employed, within the last 90 days in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle, and also have operated a vehicle that is similar to a civilian commercial vehicle for at least two years immediately preceding discharge from the military. Applicants must also certify that they have not had their license suspended, revoked, cancelled or denied in the last four years.
Applicants must fill out a "CDL Certification for Military Waiver of Skills Test" form (CDL-102) which is available at any DMV office or online here.