- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Several changes to South Dakota’s commercial driver licensing program will go into effect Wednesday.

The new regulations raise the minimum age to apply for a commercial driver’s license from 16 to 18. They also set a 14-day waiting period from the date a commercial learner’s permit is issued to the date the applicant is able to take the commercial driver’s license driving test.

The changes were approved by lawmakers during this year’s session. The rule changes are meant to keep the state in compliance with federal regulations.

Jane Schrank is the director of the state’s Driver Licensing Program. Schrank says that non-compliance could have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in federal funds.

Additional regulation changes are available online.

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Online: https://1.usa.gov/1GL5HUo

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