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Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program

Information for Drivers

How to Participate

Qualified drivers apply to a participating motor carrier (trucking company or related business in interstate commerce). Once approved, drivers may obtain driving positions with other participating motor carriers during the pilot. Once a motor carrier is approved to participate, FMCSA will add and maintain a list of these carriers on the FMCSA website. Drivers can access the list below to verify which carriers are participating.

Drivers apply directly to the motor carriers. Once hired, the carrier will submit the driver’s information to FMCSA to review the driver safety record. If there are no disqualifying safety offenses, a driver may participate in the study. If there are any disqualifying offenses, FMCSA will notify the carrier, and the driver will be removed from the study.

While employed with participating motor carriers, study group drivers can operate CMVs interstate before age 21. If a driver is no longer employed by a participating carrier, he or she will no longer be able to drive in interstate commerce.

Eligibility Requirements

Drivers who hold (or have held, within the past year) the military occupational specialty (MOS) ratings, the Air Force specialty, or the Navy rating listed below will be eligible to participate in the pilot program.


Occupational Classifications

U.S. Army88M, Motor Transport Operator
92F, Fueler
U.S. Marine Corps3531, Motor Vehicle Operator
U.S. NavyEO, Equipment Operator
U.S. Air Force2T1, Vehicle Operator
2F0, Fueler
3E2, Pavement and Construction Equipment Operator

Participants must also meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be 18, 19, or 20 years old as of the date they are approved for participation;
  • Have certification from a military service of relevant training and experience driving heavy vehicles while in military service;
  • Agree to the release of specific information to FMCSA for purposes of the pilot;
  • Meet all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) requirements (except age) for operating a CMV in interstate commerce (FMCSR part 383, subparts G and J, require that drivers be tested for knowledge and skills, and part 391 includes additional qualifications, including driver medical examinations); and
  • Understand that participating drivers are not allowed to transport passengers or hazardous materials, nor operate special configuration vehicles (double- or triple-trailer combinations or cargo tank vehicles) while participating, regardless of any license endorsements held.

When participating drivers turn 21, they will no longer be part of the pilot study group. However, they will be eligible to continue driving interstate for their current motor carrier or another company.

Updated: Friday, October 11, 2019
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