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FMCSA Expands FAQ On State Driver Licensing Agency Actions For CDL, CLP Testing

April 13th, 2020 - 5:17 pm

Report by Rick Schweitzer, NEFI Regulatory Counsel (rpschweitzer@rpslegal.com)

The FMCSA has published expanded FAQs page regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) or commercial driver's license holders may take during the public health emergency related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

The FAQs page addresses many questions on how SDLAs may handle knowledge and skills testing for CLD and CLP holders and applicants in light of state office closures due to COVID-19. The FAQs also state that if an SDLA's computer system automatically changes a driver's medical certification status from "certified" to "not certified" or automatically downgrades a driver's CDL or CLP when the driver's Medical Examiner's Certificate expires, the driver may continue operating a CMV in commerce during the COVID-19 public health emergency per the FMCSA's March 24, 2020 waiver.