Starting November 1, military personnel with specialized truck driver training will have an easier time getting a commercial driver license (CDL) here at home through a new Military Training Certification Process.
This new program allows Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to verify an individual CDL applicant has the required minimum commercial motor vehicle driver training requirements provided and documented by a military service, allowing them to get into the workforce faster.
Here’s how it works:
WDVA staff will assess the training a military member or veteran received in the military and verify whether it meets the required minimum commercial motor vehicle driver training requirements in Washington State. Once verification is made, a Commercial Drivers Military Training Certificate is provided.
Military member and veteran applicants must still take the commercial driver knowledge and skills tests and pay all basic license and commercial drivers license fees in order to be issued a CDL.
Veterans have one year following their release from the military to take advantage of this new program.
In the past, veterans were required to attend commercial drivers training programs that covered skills they had used for years in the military. Now, the transition from a military job to a civilian one will require one less step due to the work of WDVA, the Department of Licensing, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Army Reserve Employer Relations, Washington Trucking Association, Teamsters Union and the Washington Defense Partnership.
For additional information about this new program, contact WDVA at 1-800-562-2308 or contact Ric Price at Ricp@dva.wa.gov