Federal law now requires operators of a commercial vehicle to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of legal temporary status when they apply for an original, renewal, or change of authority to their commercial driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP).
Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) abides by these new conditions and developed tools to help commercial drivers understand the requirements. Drivers who carry a CDL card now need to bring acceptable documentation to a Wisconsin DMV service center. For U.S. citizens that proof is normally a valid U.S. passport or a certified birth certificate.
Drivers who carry a license that has a non domiciled notation printed on the face of the CDL/CLP will now need to present the following documentation to a Wisconsin DMV service center:
- An unexpired employment authorization document (EAD) issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigratio
- n Services (USCIS); or
- An unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form documenting the applicant’s most recent admittance into the United States.
New testing/training requirements
Drivers who are training at any of Wisconsin’s truck driving schools and who are not permanent residents of the state are now required to hold a CLP from their home state of residence before they begin the behind the wheel portion of the course. As of July 8, these drivers can either take their skill test in Wisconsin or return to their state of residence to be tested. DMV is unable to issue licenses to residents of others states.
Wisconsin DMV is following the Commercial Learner’s Permit Rule parts 383 (www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=f2163c790ef202eb287e7124bc6535dc&mc=true&node=pt49.5.383&rgn=div5) and 384 (www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=f2163c790ef202eb287e7124bc6535dc&mc=true&node=pt49.5.384&rgn=div5) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations administered by the Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Administration (FMCSA).
To help truckers know what to bring to a DMV customer service center to obtain a new license, renew an expiring license, or make changes to their CDL, check out the online Driver License Guide (https://app.wi.gov/DLGuides/). The Driver License Guide enables drivers, even fleet owners, to check their eligibility and status and ensure they have the proper endorsements. The step-by-step process also creates a personalized checklist of the documents needed to obtain a new card at a DMV customer service center.
The mobile-friendly, self-serve Driver License Guide helps customers conveniently get information specific to their Wisconsin driver license record. They can also browse anonymously to explore and learn about obtaining a driver license. Both commercial and regular drivers can access their information with this first of its kind online application.