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Hearing Waiver Procedure

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  1. Apply an application for the hearing exemption  (downloads PDF at bottom)
    1. New Hearing Applicant Doc Email Version (a guideline shows you how to apply, this is not the application form)
    2. Medical Release of Info Hearing SAMPLE (this form is an example what you need to fill out the application) 
    3. Medical Release of Info 12-2006 (hearing waiver application form)  
    4. To submit your application: go to FAQs page (https://deaftruckersunited.com/faqs ) Fax, email, mail address information are on that page.
  2. Meanwhile waiting on the exemption in the mail, go to Department of Motor Vehicles to get a CDL study guide, study for General Knowledge and Air Brake exams, and pass it to get CDL permit before enrolling into a truck driving school.  
  3. Attempt to contact your nearby Vocational Rehabilitation office to open a case to assist with tuition, interpreters as they may help pay for your DOT exam.  
  4. Search a CDL driving school that willing to teach a deaf student. 
  5. The procedure will take up to 180 days to get the waiver. Make sure you keep in touch with FMCSA office over the waiver updates, don't sit and wait till you get it in the mail after 180 days!

  • For renewals: To renew: include a copy of your recent 3 years driving record, a copy of your CDL front and back; email to Madeline Boyd and CC to Christine Hydock.  
    • Turn your paperwork in within 3-6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE before your waiver expiration date. 
    • To check on your waiver status, call or check on the website they provided to you.
    • Currently, FAX is the best, effective and fastest way to send over your paperwork.