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Commercial driver licenses & commercial learner permits extended through end of year

If your commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and commercial learner permits (CLPs) expires on or after March 1, 2020, it is now extended through Dec. 31, 2020. This is only if you haven’t already renewed it. This includes all CDL types and endorsements. We won’t assess late fees during the extension period.

We won’t issue new cards. You will need to carry this letter while operating a vehicle. Present it with your expired document to anyone who needs to verify your identity.

You should renew online as soon as possible. Capacity at our driver licensing offices will be very limited in the coming months. Our offices are now by appointment only. Please start the renewal process now to avoid a disruption of your privileges. This is especially important for drivers with HazMat endorsements who must pass a knowledge test at each renewal.

We are taking these steps to follow guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This helps keep essential services operational during the pandemic response.

Temporary change to CDL medical certificate rules

Gov. Jay Inslee authorized us to use a FMCSA waiver for some CDL medical certificate rules. This temporary change allows you to keep operating with an expired medical certificate.

• We extended medical certificates that expired on or after March 1, 2020, but before June 1, 2020, through Oct. 31, 2020.
• We extended medical certificates that expired on or after June 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020.

Please make plans to get a valid medical certificate as soon as possible. You have several options that don’t need visiting a driver licensing office:

• Email: (only for submitting CDL medical forms)
• Online:
• Fax: 360-570-4915
• Mail: CDL Medical Unit, Department of Licensing, P.O. Box 9030, Olympia, WA 98507-9030

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