FMCSA Issues New CDL Medical Card and Licensing Waiver
The FMCSA has issued a waiver for any person whose Driver card expires on or after March 1st 2020. They now have an extension until June 30th, 2020.
Note: Prior to renewing any CDL a State must make the renewal of the CDL valid for no more than 8 years from the date of issuance. Also, prior to issuing a CDL to a person, a State must make the CDL valid for no more than 8 years from the date of issuance.
- This waiver does not apply to a CDL or CLP holder if the driver’s license expired before March 1, 2020.
- This waiver does not apply to a CDL or CLP holder if the driver’s privileges have been suspended or withdrawn for traffic offenses.
- Drivers claiming relief under this waiver from the requirement for a valid medical certificate must have proof of a valid medical certificate that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificates.
- Drivers who cannot produce evidence of a prior medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020, are not covered under this waiver, including new drivers who have never obtained a medical certification.
- Drivers who, since their last medical certificate was issued, have been diagnosed with a medical condition that would disqualify the driver from operating in interstate commerce, or who, since their last medical certificate was issued, have developed a condition that requires an exemption or Skill Performance Evaluation from FMCSA are not covered under this waiver.
- This waiver does not apply to medical examiner’s certificates originally issued for less than 90 days.
- FMCSA reserves the right to revoke this waiver for drivers’ involvement in accidents, motor carriers’ failure to report accidents, and drivers’ failure to comply with the restrictions of this waiver.
- Notification to FMCSA of Accidents. Each motor carrier must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of an accident (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5), involving any CDL holder, CLP holder, or non-CDL driver operating under the terms of this waiver. See 49 CFR 390.15(b) (requiring maintenance of accident registry.) Notification shall be by email to MCPSD@DOT.GOV. The notification must include the following information:
- City or town, and State in which the accident occurred, or closest to the accident scene;
- Date of the accident
- Driver’s name and license number;
- Vehicle number and State license number;
- Number of Fatalities
- Number of individuals and State license number;
- The police-reported cause of the accident (if available at the time of the report) and;
- Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws, or motor carrier safety regulations.
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