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FMCSA & FAQs

FMSCA Contact Info

Direct person to contact

  • Email: 

                 Christine A Hydock,

                 Chief, Medical Programs Division
                christine.hydock@dot.gov

or

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 (W64-113)
    Main: 202 366-4001
    Fax: 877-764-6920
    9:00am-5:00 ET, M-F

Common Questions

  • How can your CDL examiner communicate with you when you start the training and take a road test?
    •  Get a dry eraser board for your examiner to write down to tell you what to do and where to go.
    • Make sure you and your examiner feel comfortable before and during the road test. 
  • Hearing waiver cannot be used to drive a bus. 
  • Cat Scale is a deaf friendly app to use for weigh paperwork.
  • FMCSA Regulation #383.133 Test Method:
    • Interpreters are prohibited during the administration of skills tests (Pre-Trip and Road Exam). Applicants must be able to understand and respond to verbal commands and instructions in English by a skills test examiner. Neither the applicant nor the examiner may communicate in a language other than English during the skills test

Networks

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 TruckerNation.org is a one stop shop where truckers can become better educated, engaged and efficient in understanding relevant industry matters no matter age, race, gender, ethnicity, or affiliation. 

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 Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association fight for the rights of professional truckers since 1973



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Autumn Daniel is a certified CDL instructor and an ASL interpreter at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. Interpreted since 2014 and assisted a dozen of deaf truck driver students

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Free site to practice the CDL test before going for the real thing

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Don Olds, an American Sign Language (ASL) CDL Instructor teaches students in Big Spring, Texas. To date, he had taught more than a dozen of deaf students. 

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Apply online for hearing exemption application (Note: timeframe to get the waiver is 3-12 months)

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To find an opening CDL jobs

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Sign up to receive and help find a trucker. Kari Fisher is the founder of the Missing Truck Driver Alerts

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 Department of Transportation Information


States on the list shows which allow deaf drivers drive a bus

States on the list shows which allow deaf drivers drive a bus

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 Hand Speak ASL Tutorial for those want to learn sign language 

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 Search for the hearing exemptions in process