FMCSA grants limited exemptions for expired CDLs, medical cards

From Transport Topics.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 24 issued a formal notice that it will not take enforcement action for certain expired commercial driver licenses, learner permits and medical certifications through June 30.

“Many States are experiencing greater than normal employee absences or have closed offices of their state driver licensing agencies in response to the guidance from the U.S. Center for Disease Control to use social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the policy statement said. “Because of these actions, many commercial motor vehicle drivers are unable to renew their driver’s license and are unable to provide medical certificates to their state driver licensing agencies.”

In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response or for related reasons, and drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply with FMCSA regulations, the agency said.

See the complete article from Transport Topics online.

Note: The Connecticut DMV has issued a 90-day extension for credentials (including CDLs, registrations, IRP registrations) expiring between March 10 and June 8, 2020. DMV has also indicated to MTAC that they will seek to adopt the guidance from FMCSA regarding medical certifications, meaning that a driver will not face enforcement action for an expired medical card as long as it expired on or after March 1, 2020.

See this DMV website for more information.