FMCSA Extends COVID-19 Relief Waivers For Expired CDLs, CLPs, and Medical Cards
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended COVID-19 relief waivers permitting States to continue lawfully recognizing those whose commercial driver’s license (CDL), commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and/or medical cards expired in March of last year.
In a newly issued waiver, the Agency said it will allow, but not require, States to extend the validity of CDLs and CLPs which expired after March 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021.
Further, FMCSA is continuing to allow CLP holders to take the CDL skills test without waiting 14 days after initial issuance of the CLP.
Additionally, the Agency is also extending through May of this year a waiver to the requirement that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided they have proof of a valid medical certification and any required medical variance issued for a period of 90 days or longer and expired on or after December 1, 2020.
“This waiver is in the public interest because it would allow drivers covered under this waiver to deliver essential supplies and persons across State lines to address the national emergency and would aid in the economic recovery,” the Agency said. “This waiver will also reduce the administrative burden on State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) and CDL, CLP, and interstate non-CDL drivers during this national emergency.”
This is the fifth such waiver the FMCSA has issued since the COVID-19 national emergency was declared in March of last year by former President Donald Trump.
The Agency further explained its rationale for continuing to provide this regulatory relief.
“Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, many States are experiencing greater than normal employee absences, reduced hours of operation, or closed offices of their SDLAs in response to the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The pace of return to normal operations has varied across the country,” the FMCSA waiver states.
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