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TSA is extending for 90 days the exemption from Renewal of the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Security Threat Assessment for certain individuals, click here for more information.

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 expiration date of a CDL until October 31, 2020 for CDLs due for renewal between March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020.
  • Essentially extends the expiration date of a CDL until December 31, 2020 for CDLs due for renewal on or after June 1, 2020.
  • Essentially extends the expiration date of a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) until October 31, 2020 for CDLs due for renewal between March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020, without requiring the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
  • Essentially extends the expiration date of a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) until December 31, 2020 for CDLs due for renewal on or after June 1, 2020, without requiring the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
  • Essentially extends the validity of a Medical Examiner Certificate (MEC / DOT) card that expires between March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020, 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 October 31, 2020.
  • Essentially extends the validity of a Medical Examiner Certificate (MEC / DOT) card that expires after June 1, 2020, 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 December 31, 2020.
  • Essentially Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.25(e) that CLP holders wait 14 days to take the CDL skills test. 

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


If you are ready to apply for your commercial driver license, visit our CDL Original, Renewal, Duplicate page and schedule a commercial license appointment.