FMCSA Extends Waiver of Multiple CLP Training and Testing Rules Through September

Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is extending a waiver of certain rules related to the training and testing of those seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

On Saturday, March 28, the Agency issued a three-month waiver to allow commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) without a CDL holder in the front passenger seat.

Additionally, the waiver allows State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to administer a driving skills test to any out of state CDL applicant, regardless of where the applicant received driver training.


This waiver is set to expire on June 30, but the Agency has now extended it until September 30, 2020.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the FMCSA explained the decision to issue the extension:

In accordance with Federal guidelines for a phased reopening, some States have begun reopening their SDLAs to resume limited operations. The pace of return to normal operations will vary across the country, and as a result, some SDLAs may be unable to timely process and issue a CDL credential to eligible CLP holders who have passed the driving skills test.


Further, the Agency said:

FMCSA finds that the granting of this waiver is in the public interest, given CDL and CLP holders’ critical role in delivering necessary property and passengers, including, but not limited to, shipments of essential supplies to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This is the second major action taken by the Agency just this week.

Read the entire waiver HERE.


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On Monday, the FMCSA extended a temporary waiver for those whose commercial driver’s license (CDL), commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and/or medical cards expired after March 1, 2020.


The extension becomes effective on July 1 and will now expire on September 30, the Agency says.

Click HERE for more details.



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