The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have waived certain requirements for expiration and renewal of commercial driver licenses (CDLs). The waivers are intended to allow drivers to deliver essential goods and supplies during the pandemic.
For movement within Texas, DPS advises that if your Texas driver license, commercial learner permit (CLP), or CDL expires on or after March 13, 2020, you are granted a waiver for the expiration date for 60 days after the Department provides further public notice that normal operations have resumed.
For movement across state lines, the FMCSA waiver extends CDLs and CLPs that expire on or after March 1, 2020 until June 30, 2020 and waives renewal requirements, such as medical certification, until that date.
The FMCSA waiver does not apply to:
- a CDL or CLP holder if the driver’s license expired before March 1, 2020.
- a CDL or CLP holder if the driver’s privileges have been suspended or withdrawn for traffic offenses.
- 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.
- medical examiner’s certificates originally issued for less than 90 days.
For more details on these waivers, visit the websites for