New York Extends Length of Commercial Driver Learner's Permits

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Traffic on the Van Wyck Expressway in New York City. (Frank Franklin II/Associated Press)

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New York has extended the validity for its commercial learner permit from six months to a year to help offset a shortage of commercial drivers.

“The need for new commercial drivers is critical so we are doing all we can to facilitate the licensing of qualified applicants,” Mark Schroeder, commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and chairman of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said recently. Before the extension, applicants were issued a commercial learner permit (CLP) valid for 180 days with an option to renew it for 180 days. Now CLPs are valid for one year as of Dec. 27, 2022. Applicants who were issued a six-month document with an expiration date on or before June 26, 2022, will be given the option to renew their permit for 180 days.

Schroeder said lengthening the validity for a year is “streamlining the process and making it easier and less costly for those who would have to renew to get on the road.”

N.Y. officials have been taking a series of measure to alleviate the national shortage of drivers. Effective last May, the vehicle and traffic law and the transportation law was amended to establish a commercial driver license Class A young adult training program.



Other efforts to help get more CDL holders on the road include authorizing third parties to offer CDL road tests, opening new CDL testing sites and removing a 14-day waiting period between the permit and road tests.

New York also is able to administer more road tests after working with county-operated DMV offices to increase testing capacity for written exams. The state also partnered with the State University of New York, New York Racing Association and state Office of General Services to open new road test sites on their properties.

Also, to make it easier to become a commercial driver, the DMV created a comprehensive CDL resource guide posted on its website:

To help people pass the test, the DMV also has a list of study questions for each section of the CDL driver manual on its site.

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