Deaf Ohioans Can Seek Commercial Driver’s Licenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state says Ohioans who are deaf or hearing-impaired can now seek a commercial driver’s license for the first time.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it’s partnered with several state agencies on a new testing and training process for people who qualify for a hearing-exemption waiver.

The process to obtain such a waiver was instituted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Ohio is one of the first states to implement testing.

The state says so far, at least two people have obtained their CDL and gotten jobs as commercial drivers. Others are in various phases of obtaining their waiver, training or testing.

The state agencies also are working on a video with sign language that explains the testing process.