FMCSA Extends Waiver for CDL Permit Renewal

Effective July 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended, through Sept. 30, its waiver to renew expired commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), medical cards, and commercial learner’s permits (CLP).

The waiver is in response to closures of state motor vehicle departments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension grants CDL holders, CLP holders, and nonCDL drivers relief from the same motor carrier regulations as the initial March 24 waiver.

Also, like the initial waiver, the extension does not allow CDL or CLP holders to extend their licenses if their license credentials or medical cards expired before March 1, 2020, or if their driver’s privileges have been suspended or withdrawn for traffic offenses.

It also does not waive knowledge and skills testing requirements.

FMCSA also re-issued a separate Notice of Enforcement Policy, affirming it will not take action against a driver for operating a commercial vehicle if the driver held a valid CDL on February 29, 2020, or against carriers employing those drivers.