New requirement for CDL holders to be trained starts July 1
TOPEKA – (April 3, 2018) – A national organization that works closely with the trucking industry has been approved to provide anti-human trafficking training to commercial drivers license holders in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The organization, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has submitted training curriculum that has been approved by the attorney general to provide the training for CDL holders in Kansas.
Last year, the Legislature adopted a new law requiring all CDL holders to receive human trafficking awareness training approved by the attorney general’s office. The regulations implementing the law, which became permanent earlier this month, include details for how training course providers may seek approval from the attorney general’s office.
Starting July 1, all new CDL applicants will be required to complete the training before receiving their license. Current CDL holders must complete the training before the next regular renewal of their licenses through the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR). KDOR will include information about the new requirement in postcard renewal notices that are routinely sent to current CDL holders when their licenses are due for renewal.
The training, which involves watching a brief educational film and answering questions about it, takes about 30 minutes. It must be completed only once, not each time a driver renews. It is free of charge.
The required training can be completed individually online either directly from the TAT website, at the Kansas Motor Carriers Association location in Topeka or at certain KDOR locations across the state. A printed certificate of completion should be presented upon application or renewal of a CDL. Individuals who have previously completed TAT training before the requirement went into effect and who have received certificates of completion through TAT will not be required to take the training again.
The approved training curriculum can be accessed on the TAT website at education.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.