Idaho Offering Two Military Waivers to Increase CDL Holders

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Idaho has a new campaign to recruit military personnel and veterans into trucking careers by offering two forms of CDL testing waivers for people with military experience driving commercial vehicles.

To help spread the word, the state Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a communications campaign with new posters and social media outreach. The posters are being distributed to county DMV offices, ports of entry, and local military and national guard locations.

“These waivers acknowledge their military experience and make it easier to get an Idaho CDL by waiving some or all of the test requirements,” said Ellen Mattila, public information officer at Idaho Transportation Department.

Ellen Mattila


To take advantage of the waivers, people must apply to ITD during active military service or within one year of separation from military service, she added.

One waiver is the military CDL skills waiver so veterans and military service personnel are no longer required to take a skills test with a CDL examiner.

The other is called the “even-exchange waiver” so they don’t have to take either the skills or written knowledge tests.

Idaho Department of Transportation CDL waivers for qualifed military personnel

“Reaction has been positive, especially from folks who have ties to the military and trucking industry,” Mattila said.

This is the latest effort to increase CDL holders from among the military and veterans. In late 2021, the DMV started to transition from using forms that had to be completed by hand into fillable forms to make it easier for CDL applicants to complete and review paperwork faster with streamlined forms.

Social media post promoting Idaho CD waivers for military personnel/veterans

A social media post promotes Idaho's two types of CDL waivers offered to qualified military personnel or veterans. (Idaho Department of Transportation)

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