April 28, 2020

FMCSA Waives Medical Card Renewal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has waived the renewal date for a commercial driver’s license (CDLs) and medical cards. Typically, these documents would expire on March 1, but the organization has moved the date to June 30. This change in the renewal dates comes in the light of COVID-19.

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Law enforcement will not penalize drivers with expired medical cards and commercial driver’s licenses.

This change also applies to commercial leaner’s permit and non-CDL commercial drivers. Due to government agencies requiring to shut down, the FMCSA has extended the expiration date. American truckers and delivery drivers are playing an essential role in response to the pandemic.

FMCSA’s Announcement

The FMCSA waiver which outlined the changes stated the following,

“Many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. As a result, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply.”

In reference to the waiver, ATA President of Saftey, Dan Horvath, had the following to say,

“While America’s truck drivers are out delivering the essential medical supplies, food and other goods we need to combat this virus, FMCSA has taken an important step to let drivers and carriers know how to address things like expired commercial driver’s licenses or medical cards. With state governments moving to remote work and shuttering offices, drivers will need assistance to continue moving critical goods safely and today’s guidance is a step toward ensuring those trucks keep moving.”

So, if your medical card or CDL expires soon, then you can feel comfortable knowing it extended through June 30. FMCSA also released an announcement on its website. You can find more information regarding the waiver there.

If you are unsure if you need a medical card or a commercial driver’s license, then visit the FMCSA website. You can find qualifying information and the requirements for documentation there.

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