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FMCSA EXTENDS CDL/CLP MEDICAL CERTIFICATE WAIVER, through September 30th

FMCSA Extends Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency – For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles

 

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Grant of waiver.

SUMMARY: FMCSA grants, until September 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). FMCSA has initiated this action in response to the President’s declaration of a national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) and the public health emergency declared by the Health and Human Services Secretary related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and section 4 of Executive Order No. 13924, Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, 85 FR 31353 (June 9, 2020).

In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, FMCSA has issued a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders and to other interstate drivers operating a CMV. The waiver is effective July 1, 2020, and expires on September 30, 2020. Previously, FMCSA had determined that it was in the public interest to waive certain CDL/CLP requirements, given the limited availability and operations of State Driver License Agencies (SDLAs) and medical facilities. The waiver was set to expire on June 30.

In its notice, FMCSA will allow drivers to extend the maximum period of CDL and CLP validity, and waive several requirements related to medical certifications.

For CDL/CLP drivers, the waiver will: 

  • Extend until September 30, 2020, the maximum period of CDL validity for CDLs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020;
  • Extend until September 30, 2020, the maximum period of CLP validity for CLPs that are due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, without requiring the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests;
  • Waive the requirement that CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test;
  • Waive the requirement that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non- CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance that were issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020; and
  • Waive the requirement that, in order to maintain the medical certification status of “certified,” CDL or CLP holders provide SDLAs with an original or copy of a subsequently issued medical examiner’s certificate and any required medical variance, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after March 1, 2020.

For State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs), FMCSA will also: 

  • Waive the requirement that SDLAs change the CDL or CLP holder’s medical certification status to “not certified” upon the expiration of the medical examiner’s certificate or medical variance, provided that the CDL or CLP holders have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after March 1, 2020; and
  • Waive the requirements that SDLAs initiate a CDL or CLP downgrade upon the expiration of the medical examiner’s certificate or medical variance, provided that the CDL or CLP holders have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after March 1, 2020. 

DATES: This waiver is effective July 1, 2020, and expires on September 30, 2020.

Carriers should review the waiver to ensure all terms, conditions, and restrictions are met.

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