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Military CDL Waiver

The State of Nebraska is helping military and veteran drivers get employed doing what they do best – driving commercial vehicles – by recognizing their military driving experience to obtain their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Military service members and veterans who are currently licensed and who are or were employed within the past year (12 months) in a military position requiring the operation of a military vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) are eligible to waive the CDL skills test (driving, vehicle inspection, control). This allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without skills testing, however, the written exam must still be completed. There is no fee to take the written exam.

The Military Waiver can be found at under Forms on the home page. The CDL written tests can be taken at any state Department of Motor Vehicles office that offers testing. Study materials for the written tests are in the Nebraska CDL Driver’s Manual.  Copies of the manual are available in DMV Offices around the state and are online under Driver’s Manuals. Office locations and hours can also be found online.

The CDL license waiver is a federal program and is not limited to Nebraska military and veterans.  However, unlike some other states, written testing is free in Nebraska.  Please encourage military and veterans currently residing out-of-state to relocate to Nebraska to start their next career.

If you have any questions, please contact CDL Program Manager, Matt Coatney, 402.471.1472

- From the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs