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WorkInvestNH - Transportation Sector CDL Incentive Program


  • In order to help New Hampshire employers RECRUIT and RETAIN additional drivers with a COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL), the State of New Hampshire has created a new program that will pay employees an incentive to obtain a CDL and an incentive to remain in a position requiring a CDL.
  • Employers will need to participate in the WorkInvestNH program (hyperlink this to WorkInvestNH webpage) which provides employers with reimbursement for 50% of the employer’s costs associated with providing training to employees, including training costs paid by the employer related to employees obtaining a CDL.
  • The program will pay $1,500 as a CDL RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE to each employee upon successfully obtaining their CDL. This payment will go to the employer and is then required to be passed on to the employee.
  • The program will then pay an additional $500 as a CDL RETENTION INCENTIVE to each employee after successfully obtaining their CDL and remaining in a position requiring a CDL for six (6) months. This payment will go to the employer and is then required to be passed on to the employee.
  • In order to be eligible for these TRANSPORTATION SECTOR CDL INCENTIVES the employer must be eligible for and participate in WorkInvestNH.
  • While all New Hampshire based transportation sector employers are eligible for WorkInvestNH as long as they pay quarterly unemployment taxes and are in good standing, the additional CDL RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE and CDL RETENTION INCENTIVE are only available to transportation employers with 20 or fewer active vehicles in their transportation fleet requiring the operator to have a CDL.
  • Eligible and approved employers may be eligible for up to $10,000 in total incentive payments.
  • Approved employers can submit for the CDL RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE (hyperlink to payment request form) and CDL RETENTION INCENTIVE (hyperlink to payment request form) by filling out the applications and emailing them to the department.

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