FMCSA extends CDL, CLP, med cert waivers through February


Truck drivers whose commercial driver’s licenses, commercial learner’s permits or medical certifications have expired since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have at least two more months to have those documents renewed.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 15, extended a waiver through Feb. 28, giving drivers more time to renew expired CDLs, CLPs and med certs because of difficulty scheduling DOT physicals and driver’s license renewals due staffing shortages and other issues.

The waiver applies to drivers whose CDLs and CLPs that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and for medical certificates that expired on or after Sept. 1, 2020.

Drivers are covered under the CDL and CLP portions of the waiver if their licensing state exercises discretion to extend the validity of CDLs and CLPs. Drivers are covered under the medical certificate portion of the waiver without further action.

The extension is in contrast to a statement by FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo in November during a virtual User Summit hosted by ERoad, an electronic logging device provider. At the time, DeLorenzo emphasized for carriers, owner-operators and other drivers that the intention when it comes to expired CDLs, medical certification renewals, hazmat endorsements and more was to get back on schedule after the previous waiver expired Dec. 31.

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