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Commercial driver licenses extended through September 30, 2020

We continue to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington driver licenses. These extensions apply to commercial driver licenses (CDL) or commercial learner permits that expire on or after March 1, 2020. We have extended the expiration date to Sept. 30, 2020. The extension applies to all CDL types and endorsements.

We are following guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This guidance keeps essential transportation services operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will not incur late fees during the extension period.

CDL and CLP holders will not receive a new license or ID card. Please print and carry this notice and present it with your expired license.

We encourage all CDL holders to renew online, if possible. Almost all Washington residents are eligible to do so for a limited time. In-person services at driver licensing offices are very limited right now.

No Downgrade for Expired Medical Certificates

Governor Inslee authorized us to use a FMCSA waiver to some CDL medical certificate rules. This is temporary, and allows commercial drivers to keep operating with an expired medical certificate.

If your medical certificate expired on or after March 1, 2020, we’ll prevent your CDL from downgrading through September 30, 2020.

FMCSA extended its waiver of federal medical certificate requirements through Sept. 30. The governor may waive statutes for only 30 days at a time during an emergency. We’ll seek the extensions needed to give CDL holders the full benefit of the federal waiver. We urge CDL holders to get a valid medical certificate before September 30, 2020. In the meantime, we recommend carrying this notice.

We have several options for submitting a new medical certificate that don’t need a visit to a driver licensing office:

  • Email:
    (CDL medical forms only; we will not answer questions)
  • Fax: 360-570-4915
  • Mail:
    CDL Medical Unit
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9030
    Olympia, WA 98507-9030

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