Due to COVID-19, or the coronavirus, truckers are unable to renew their expiring license by their expiration date. This is the result of the majority of State Driver Licensing Agencies closing their offices. This closure has effected CDL drivers, and CDL permit holders. Also, medical certification renewals have been effected by the virus. Most physician offices have closed (besides emergencies) causing many truckers panicking.
On March 24, 2020, the FMCSA released a waiver to help combat these closures. The waiver provided the extension of CDL, interstate Non-CDL, and CDP renewals during the coronavirus outbreak. The waiver effects drivers with a CDL, interstate Non-CDL, and CDP license expiring on or after March 1st, 2020. These driver will now have until June 30th, 2020, to renew their license or medical certificates.
Some of the terms and conditions of the waiver for CDL renewals includes the following:
- Driver’s CDL, CDP, or Interstate Non-CDL license have to have expired on or after March 1st, 2020, to qualify for the extension.
- Any driver whose CDL, CDP, or Interstate Non-CDL license that had been suspended before this release is not included in this waiver.
- A driver must be able to provide proof that they had a medical certification that expired on or after March 1st, 2020.
- A driver that had a medical certificates issued for less than 90 days are not covered under this waiver.
To see a copy of the full waiver on the FMCSA website, click here.