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CDL Effective Changes and FAQ’s


FMCSA has determined that it is in the public interest to issue a waiver, limited in scope and circumstances, to address expiration dates of Commercial Driver Licenses and Commercial Learner permits, as well as expiring Medical Examiner certificates.

To respond to this unique event and to continue the ability of intrastate and interstate CDL and CLP holders and interstate non-CDL drivers to transport goods in response to the COVID-19 emergency, this waiver:

  • Essentially extends the validity of a Medical Examiner Certificate (MEC / DOT) card that expires on or after June 1, 2021, provided that the original certificate was valid for 90 days or longer.
    • The Driver License Division will continue to send a status of “Certified” for those who meet these requirements until November 30, 2021.
  • Essentially extends the validity of a Federal Variance, State Medical Waiver card or Federal Specialized Performance Evaluation (SPE) that expires on or after June 1, 2021, provided that the original certificate was valid for 90 days or longer and they held a valid Commercial License or Commercial Permit.
    • The Driver License Division will continue to send a status of “Certified” for those who meet these requirements until November 30, 2021.
  • Essentially Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.25(e) that CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test until November 30, 2021.

* These extensions do not apply to CDL license holders who have had their privileges revoked, suspended, or sanctioned.