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Commercial driver waivers and extensions

On April 14, 2020, Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-48. It covers Department of Licensing – CDL Health Certificates and Other Requirements. This keeps CDL drivers on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic. We realize it’s difficult to access routine health care and driver licensing services. The proclamation aligns with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) waivers.

Based on this proclamation, we’re taking the following steps:

  • We’re postponing downgrades for CDL drivers due to an expired medical certificate. Through May 31, 2020, we won’t downgrade any CDL holder that had a valid medical certification, issued for at least 90 days, that expired on or after March 1, 2020. We will update the records of drivers with a downgraded status, who meet these requirements, as soon as possible.
  • FMCSA waived federal medical certificate requirements through June 30. But the Governor may only waive statutes for 30 days at a time during an emergency. We plan to seek the proclamation extensions necessary to give CDL drivers the full benefit of the federal waiver.
  • We have extended all valid Commercial Learners Permits (CLP), that expired on or after March 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020. This includes Non-Domiciled CLPs.
  • We have extended all valid Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL), that expired on or after March 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020. This includes Non-Domiciled CDLs and CDLs with a Hazmat endorsement.
  • Through May 31, 2020, we won’t make drivers with a valid CLP wait 14 days after the CLP issuance to take a skills test.
  • Through May 31, 2020, any valid CLP holder may operate that specific type of vehicle if they do both of these:
    • Carry evidence of successfully passing their CDL skills test.
    • Have a CDL holder somewhere in the cab. They don’t need to be in the front seat of the vehicle.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these difficult times.