Illinois paves way for veterans to get jobs in the trucking industry

Exemptions part of new federal CDL regulations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A new law could help veterans secure jobs in the trucking industry.

Proposed by Secretary of State, Jesse White, it allows his office to waive the written exams of veterans applying for a Commercial Driver License (CDL).

"I am pleased to help make it easier for our military veterans to find employment based on their previous military driving service," said White. "These are individuals who have given so much of themselves for the greater good of this nation."

Illinois is the first state in the nation to take advantage of the recent changes to federal CDL regulations.

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • is a current resident of Illinois
  • is a current or former member of the U.S. military
  • within one year prior to the application, has been regularly employed in a military position that requires the operation of large trucks
  • has received formal military training in the operation of a vehicle similar to the commercial motor vehicle the applicant expects to operate
  • completes a knowledge written test waiver form, certifying that the applicant qualifies for the general knowledge test waiver.

Click here for more information from the Secretary of State's office.

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