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Military Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Waiver

Act 133 of 2008 allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to waive the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test for Pennsylvania residents who are active or reserve duty military or recent honorably discharged veterans. Provided those service members have at least two years' experience operating a commercial motor vehicle as part of their military job requirements. The waiver applies to CDL applicants who wish to operate vehicles similar to those they operated in the military.

Military members and recently separated veterans must first apply for a CDL by completing a DL-31CD Form ,"Application to Add/Extend/Remove Commercial Driver's License", and return it to PennDOT along with the DL-11CD Self Certification Form and applicable fee. The applicant will be sent a Knowledge Test Authorization Letter which they will take to their nearest Driver License Center to take the applicable knowledge tests. After successfully completing all applicable CDL knowledge testing, the applicant must present a completed DL-398 Form, "Military Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test Waiver Application". For more information about the CDL Skills Test Waiver and to find out if you are eligible, please refer to the Military Commercial Driver's License Skills Testing Waiver Fact Sheet. Please visit the Locations Information Center to find a Driver License Center near you.

Please refer to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations ( 49 CFR 383.77).