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[Updated] Commercial driver licenses and license permits extended through May 31, 2021

Updated 10 a.m., March 1, 2021

We are further extending most CDLs and CLPs with extension dates on or after March 1, 2020. This new extension goes through May 31, 2021. Print and show this new letter with your expired license or permit to verify your identify.

At this time, the TSA is not issuing a new extension for CDLs with a hazmat endorsement.

We are also extending the medical certificate waiver.

  • If your medical certificate expired on or after Dec. 1, 2020, we won’t downgrade your CDL through May 31, 2021.
  • Intrastate CDL drivers now have until May 31, 2021 to submit medical certificates.
  • Print and carry this updated letter for documentation

Original article
We extended most commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and commercial license permits (CLPs) with expiration dates on or after March 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

The extension includes all CDL types and endorsements, except those with a hazardous materials (hazmat) endorsement. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) only allowed hazmat endorsements extensions for a total of 6 months. This means CDL holders with a hazmat clearance expiration date of September 1, 2020 or later were able get an extension only through February 28, 2021.

You won’t get late fees during the extension period. You also won’t get a new license with a new expiration date. Print and show this letter with your expired license or permit to verify your identity.

The extension meets guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and TSA. It keeps essential transportation services going during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s in effect for a limited time. We have temporary rules in place making most people eligible for online renewals. Renew your license or permit now.

Temporary change to CDL medical certificate rules

Governor Inslee authorized us to use a FMCSA waiver to some rules. This temporary change allows some commercial drivers to keep working with an expired medical certificate.

  • If your medical certificate expired on or after December 1, 2020, we’ll take steps to prevent your CDL from being downgraded through May 31, 2021.
  • We extended the deadline for intrastate CDL drivers to submit medical certificates. Through May 31, we won’t take downgrade action against intrastate CDL drivers who don’t have a medical certificate in our system.

Print and carry this letter for documentation.

We are getting a lot of CDL medical certificates and processing is taking longer than normal. If you don’t have a valid medical certificate on file, please make plans to get and submit one as soon as possible.

You have several options that don’t need you to visit to a driver licensing office:

Questions? Need help?

Email us: CDLProgram@dol.wa.gov.