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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for military drivers to get a commercial driver's license after they leave the service.

DMV Director Kevin Shwedo announced Thursday that those who learned to drive certain heavy vehicles while in uniform may waive the skills test, beginning next week.

Shwedo is a retired Army colonel. He says people wanting to drive vehicles over 26,000 pounds in gross weight will still have to pass all other knowledge tests and federal regulations before getting a commercial license.

Shwedo says he expects there are 500 soldiers in the South Carolina Army National Guard alone who could benefit from the change.

Drivers whose licenses were suspended, revoked, cancelled or disqualified during the past two years are not eligible

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