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RELEASE: Mar. 14, 2013

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Motor Vehicle Commission waives Commercial Driver’s License skills test for service people

(TRENTON) – Veterans with military driving experience who have recently returned from service may receive help in obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) under a waiver program announced today by New Jersey Motor Vehicle (MVC) Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez and Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Soldiers who were on active or reserve duty within the last 90 days will now be able to utilize their documented military driving experience of at least two years to apply for the waiver, which exempts them from the skill (road) portion of CDL testing.CDL

“With returning veterans eager and ready to rejoin New Jersey’s workforce, it’s essential that we provide assistance to ease their transition and to aid them in taking full advantage of employment opportunities,” said Martinez.

The waiver offered by the MVC pertains to basic CDL privileges but does not cover the ability to operate a school bus or vehicle used to transport hazardous material.  Applicants for the waiver must meet certain requirements and present specific documentation, including:

  • Satisfactory proof he/she was a member of a branch of the active or reserve component of the military within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).
  • A current or expired military commercial driver’s license and a valid New Jersey driver’s license.
  • A completed Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Form certified by a commanding officer.
  • Successful completion of a CDL knowledge and vision test.
  • Presenting 6 Points of Identification and proof of primary address in New Jersey.
  • A CDL Holder Self-Certificate and Medical Examination Certificate.

“Military drivers have been trained to safely operate vehicles on treacherous terrain and on some of the most dangerous roads in the world,” said Adjutant General Cunniff.  “Easing the path to allow veterans to use these skills in the civilian job market provides a well-earned benefit to people who have served.”

Prior to the introduction of the waiver, the MVC had worked to assist military personnel in obtaining a New Jersey CDL, having had its Mobile CDL team visit the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst periodically to provide guidance and road testing for interested applicants. The MVC also offers CDL knowledge testing with no appointment necessary at 24 sites statewide.

For additional information regarding the Military CDL Waiver Program or CDL testing in general, the public may visit www.njmvc.gov or contact the MVC at (609) 292-6500.