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Military experience waiver

Things to know

  • If you drove trucks in the military, you may be able to get a CDL without having to take a skills test or meet training requirements. Knowledge tests can't be waived.
  • You can't get a passenger or school bus endorsement under this waiver. You must complete a skills test and meet requirements.
  • A CDL is not allowed an indefinite military expiration. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 383.73(b) (9)) doesn't allow expirations beyond 8 years.

Who Qualifies?

Military drivers who:

  • have 2 or more years' experience  driving commercial vehicles as part of their military job
  • and
  • meet all requirements on the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver

and are:

  • currently active
  • or
  • within 12 months of an honorable discharge

How to apply

  1. Take the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver to your Commanding Officer to complete and sign.
  2. Submit the following to cdlskillstest@dol.wa.gov for approval:
    • The completed waiver signed by your commanding officer.
    • Copy of your DD214, NGB22, or equivalent document with your:
      • Discharge date or current active status
      • 2 years military driving experience from your Motor Vehicle Operator’s Identification Card that lists the type of equipment you drove:
        • Air Force - 2293
        • Army - 348
        • Army/National Guard - 5984-E
        • Marines - 7540-00-634-3999
      You can use your current military ID to provide active status, but not for driving experience.
    You'll receive a follow-up email letting you know if we approved or denied your waiver.
  3. Visit a driver licensing office location to complete knowledge testing. Bring the following:
  4. Pay fees to have CDL issued.
Application question contact information
For questions about Contact
  • Commanding Officer's signature
  • Assumption of Command Orders
  • DD214 or NGB22 forms
  • Military ID
  • documentation providing your discharge date
  • current active status
  • 2 years military driving experience
  • Application for Military Skills Test Waiver requirements
Veterans Affairs
Call: 800.562.2308
  • CDL Knowledge Testing
  • Status of Application for Military Skills Test Waiver approval
Department Of Licensing
Call: 360.902.3900 (TTY: call 711)
  • Medical Examiner's Certificate
  • Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Call: 360.753.9875

Questions? Need help?

Call us: 360.902.3900 (TTY: Call 711)

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