EHB 2188

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Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Increasing the types of commercial driver's license qualification waivers allowed for military veterans.

Sponsors: Representatives Leavitt, Gildon, Dufault, Chapman, Eslick, Orwall, Appleton, Slatter, Ryu, Van Werven, Griffey, Young, Wylie, Doglio, Volz and Riccelli.

House Committee on Transportation

Senate Committee on Transportation


To obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) from the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL), an individual must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. be a resident of the state;

  2. have successfully completed a course of instruction in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle approved by the DOL or have been certified by an employer as having the skills and training necessary to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely;

  3. have been issued a commercial learner's permit (CLP); and

  4. have passed both a knowledge and a skills examination for driving a commercial motor vehicle that comply with federal and state requirements.

The DOL may waive the skills examination and the requirement for completion of a course of instruction for a current or former military service member who, in accordance with federal requirements:

  1. provides evidence and certifies that he or she:

    • is or was regularly employed within the last year in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle;

    • was exempted from state CDL requirements because he or she operated commercial motor vehicles for military purposes as active duty military personnel, a member of the military reserves, a member of the National Guard on active duty, or active duty United States Coast Guard personnel; and

    • was operating a vehicle representative of the commercial motor vehicle type the driver applicant operates or expects to operate for at least two years immediately preceding separation from the military; and

  2. certifies that during the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a CDL, he or she:

    • has not simultaneously held more than one civilian military license;

    • has not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled;

    • has not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for certain disqualifying offenses;

    • has not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for certain serious traffic violations; and

    • has not had any convictions for a violation of military, state, or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) arising in connection with any traffic crash, and has no record of a crash in which he or she was at fault.


For current or former military service members that meet the federal requirements listed below, the DOL may also waive the requirements for the knowledge examination for CDL applicants.

The current or former military service member must certify and provide evidence that, during the one-year period immediately prior to the application, he or she:

Beginning December 1, 2021, the DOL must provide an annual report to the House and Senate transportation committees and to the Joint Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs on the number and types of CDL military service member waivers granted.

The stated legislative intent of the bill is to remove an obstacle for qualifying veterans to obtain a CDL to enable them to more quickly apply the skills acquired in the military.

Votes on Final Passage:








January 1, 2021