Military Commercial Driver’s License Act of 2012

March 25, 2013 Uncategorized

Military Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Act of 2012

Thanks to a new law, states can provide commercial driver’s licenses, CDLs, to any veteran within the state without them having to go through training first.

What is the Military Commercial Driver’s License Act?

This new law was passed by Congress on October 2, 2012. It was recently signed into law by the president and modifies federal law to allow states to waive residency requirements as they see fit to issue CDLs to military service personnel within the state. It applies to both active and reserve members and makes it so each state can set up its own procedures to allow for speedy commercial driver’s license issuing immediately following the completion of training.

A Positive Step for Veterans 

Any veteran who wants to become a truck driver can do so easily now. There are many jobs available in the trucking industry that need to be filled. These are open jobs that are slowing down shipping and delivery with their vacancies at the moment. In fact, according to the Truckload Carriers Association, there are 200,000 long-haul trucking jobs currently available. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics backs up these numbers, estimating an additional 300,000 trucking positions by 2020.

It’s not easy for veterans to find work after coming back from deployment. Add reassignments to the mix and it’s hard to get a handle on life. Thankfully, this new law adds a shortcut for veterans so they can get back to their civilian lives more quickly. They can obtain a CDL before leaving the military, so they can jump right into a job.

If you need to help navigating this new law, or want to learn more about your career options as a veteran truck driver, apply online at or give us a call at 1-800-TRUCKER. We’re here to help!

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