FMCSA Updates Waiver in Response to COVID-19 National Emergency; Canadian Drivers’ Licence Extensions Recognized


On  September 18, 2020, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration updated its Waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Vehicles and extended it out until December 31, 2020. Encompassed in the detailed language of the waiver are references to Canadian Drivers Licences and FMCSA’s recognition of those licences as outlined below:

“In accordance with 49 CFR 383.23(a)(1) and 391.41(a)(1)(i), until December 31, 2020, FMCSA continues to recognize the validity of commercial driver’s licenses issued by Canadian Provinces and Territories and Licencias Federales de Conductor issued by the United Mexican States, in accordance with 49 CFR part 383, when such jurisdictions issue a similar notice or declaration extending the validity date of the medical examination and certification and/or validity of the corresponding commercial driver’s license due to interruption to government service resulting from COVID-19.”

An earlier issuance of this waiver had an expiry date of September 30, 2020.  This waiver is effective October 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020.

For complete details of the waiver click here

Additional FAQ’s pertaining to Canadian Drivers Licences can be found by clicking here

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