DMV News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, July 08, 2014
More Veterans Now Eligible for Virginia's Troops to TrucksSM Program
More than 300 Participants have Obtained Commercial Driver¿s Licenses
RICHMOND - More job training opportunities in the transportation industry are now available to Virginia veterans. A recent amendment to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule regulating the length of time during which a state can waive the driving skills test for commercial driver's licenses (CDL) for applicants with comparable military experience was increased to one year, which prior to the amendment was 90 days. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) petitioned FMCSA for the rule change, and it was granted nationwide. This amendment significantly increases the number of Virginia veterans eligible to participate in Virginia's Troops to TrucksSM program.
More than 300 military personnel or veterans have already taken part in Virginia's Troops to TrucksSM program. Troops to TrucksSM helps military personnel about to leave service or new veterans obtain a Virginia CDL and assists with their civilian job searches. Effective July 8, 2014, the program is open to Virginia veterans out of the service for up to one year.
Through Troops to TrucksSM, participants with experience driving commercial military vehicles are required to pass only the DMV-issued CDL knowledge test and are exempted from having to take the CDL road skills test. Participants without commercial military vehicle driving experience receive on-base CDL training and testing at participating military bases. Troops to TrucksSM also offers job placement assistance through partnerships with the Virginia Trucking Association, the Virginia Motorcoach Association and the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation.
"This rule change positively affects potential participants in Virginia's Troops to TrucksSM program, allowing veterans a more reasonable amount of time in which to decide to pursue a CDL and a career in transportation," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. "Providing additional flexibility on the military CDL waiver process will assist in expediting the transition of fully trained military truck drivers to civilian employment."
Virginia DMV anticipates that the extension could allow an additional 60 to 100 recent veterans to participate in Troops to TrucksSM per year.
For more information about Virginia's Troops to TrucksSM program, visit www.dmvNOW.com/T2T.