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Additional Driver Requirements
You must also:

  • Have certification from a military service of relevant training and experience driving heavy vehicles;
  • Agree to release specific information to FMCSA for the program;
  • Meet all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation requirements (except age) for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. This including passing CMV knowledge and skills tests and a driver medical examination; and
  • Understand that you cannot transport passengers or hazardous materials, or operate special configuration vehicles (double- or triple-trailer combinations or cargo tank vehicles) in the program, regardless of any license endorsements you have.

Once you’re hired, the carrier will submit your information to FMCSA to review your driving safety record. If there are no disqualifying safety offenses, you may participate in the study. If there are any disqualifying offenses, FMCSA will notify the carrier, and you will not be eligible to participate.

While employed by a participating motor carrier, you can operate CMVs interstate before age 21. If you are no longer employed by a participating carrier, you may not drive in interstate commerce until you turn 21.

When you turn 21, you will no longer be part of the program study group. However, you will be eligible to continue driving interstate for your current carrier or another company. You may also become a control group driver.

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Last updated: Thursday, April 2, 2020