Path for Commercial Driver’s Licenses Eased

Washington Report

(December 28, 2017) Congress passed legislation last week making it easier for National Guardsmen and others serving in the military to receive commercial driver’s license by recognizing their relevant military training.

The Jobs for Our Heroes Act, sent to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature, addresses a shortcoming in current law passed in 2015 that provides this benefit only to veterans. It makes permanent a two-year exemption for reserve-component members and active-component troops who might be taking steps for their post-military careers.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who was a sponsor of the legislation, said in a statement, “There is a shortage of people who can get a commercial driver’s license and fill these well-paying jobs. This bill would also allow states to permanently waive license requirements for current service members and [National Guardsmen] if they have military experience driving a comparable vehicle.

“That way, members of the military don’t have to go through the same old rigmarole twice. They get trained in the military; and then they get out; and then the civilian world ignores the fact that they have trained and been qualified in the military; and this bill fixes that.”

Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., who sponsored the measure in the House, said in a statement, “This bill has always been about crafting a common sense, bipartisan solution that provides opportunities for our veterans returning to the civilian workforce as quickly as possible while also filling much-needed positions within the trucking industry.”