FMCSA Waives CDL, Medical Card Expiration Dates

Lindsey Bergeron

The FMCSA issued a waiver this week that gives drivers until June 30 to renew their commercial driver’s licenses, commercial learner’s permits and medical cards. This extension will only apply to those whose CDL, CLP or medical card expired on or after March 1.

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This waiver was issued in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, which is closing state motor vehicle offices and medical clinics across the country. With many doctors canceling routine visits, many drivers in need of a DOT physical won’t be able to get one in time. Provided the medical certificate was issued for at least 90 days, the expired document will be accepted as valid until the June 30 deadline.

In addition, CLP holders won’t be required to retake their general and endorsement knowledge tests under the waiver.

For now, drivers should carry their expired CDLs, CLPs and medical cards and present them when asked, with the knowledge that they will be accepted as valid until the June 30 deadline. It’s important to keep in mind that this waiver is only good for documents that have expired since March 1. If the expiration date was prior to that, the waiver won’t apply and drivers could be issued out-of-service orders or fines for operating noncompliantly.

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About the Author

Lindsey Bergeron is Editor of the Foley blog. Serving as transportation guru, she keeps an eye on the industry and its day-to-day evolution and developments, specifically writing about the various lifestyle, business and regulatory topics that are most relevant to motor carriers. Holding a degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Connecticut, she ran a successful content marketing firm before joining Foley at its Hartford hub. Her current expertise in transportation writing is built upon an extensive background in editing, feature writing and content development.

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