Commercial driver licenses/learner permits extended to Sept. 30, 2020

June 26, 2020

DOL logoIf your commercial driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP) expired on or after March 1, 2020, and has not been renewed, don’t fret. The Department of Licensing (DOL) has extended its expiration date to Sept. 30, 2020. The extension applies to all CDL types and endorsements.

We are taking these steps to comply with guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep essential transportation services operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. No late fees will be incurred during the extension period.

CDL and CLP holders will not receive a new license or ID card. DOL recommends carrying this notice while operating a vehicle and presenting it with your expired license if requested by law enforcement or others who need to verify your identity.

DOL strongly encourages all CDL holders to renew online, if possible. Almost all Washington residents are eligible to do so for a limited time. In-person service capacity at driver licensing offices will be very limited in the months ahead.

No Downgrade for Expired Medical Certificates

Gov. Jay Inslee authorized DOL to take advantage of a FMCSA waiver to some CDL medical certificate rules. This temporary change allows commercial drivers to continue operating with an expired medical certificate.

For those with medical certificates that expired on or after March 1, 2020, DOL will again take steps to prevent your CDL from being downgraded through Sept. 30, 2020.

FMCSA extended its waiver of federal medical certificate requirements through Sept. 30. However, the governor may waive statutes for only 30 days at a time during an emergency. DOL will seek the extensions necessary to give CDL holders the full benefit of the federal waiver. CDL holders are urged to get a valid medical certificate before Sept. 30, when this temporary change ends.

In the meantime, DOL recommends carrying this notice.

DOL has several options for submitting a new medical certificate that do not require visiting a driver licensing office:

  • Email: CDLMED@dol.wa.gov (CDL medical forms only; questions won’t be answered)
  • Fax: 360-570-4915
  • Mail:
    CDL Medical Unit
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9030
    Olympia, WA 98507-9030

Questions about this process can be emailed to CDLProgram@dol.wa.gov.

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Washington CDL holders must soon prove citizenship or permanent residency

June 30, 2015
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UPDATE 10/3/18
—For our current process on getting a CDL or CLP, visit Steps to getting a Commercial Driver License. See also, CDL approved documents.

OLYMPIA—Starting Sept. 1, 2015, anyone seeking a commercial driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP) in Washington will be required to prove they are a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
 
This new law does not affect anyone’s ability to get or retain a regular driver license. Commercial drivers are not required to present this proof until their next CDL or CLP renewal or other transaction that requires a change to their record, including name, address, and endorsement changes.
 
Drivers with an enhanced personal driver license or enhanced commercial driver license issued in Washington before Sept. 1, 2015, are not required to again prove their lawful permanent residency or U.S. citizenship.
 
This new requirement is due to the state’s mandatory compliance with federal law and one aspect of a broad public safety effort around CDLs that brings Washington into line with the national standard.
 
Starting Sept. 1, commercial drivers must visit one of 28 designated offices to complete their CDL or CLP transaction because of the special resources needed to verify documents. The full list of designated office locations can be found at dol.wa.gov/cdlchanges.
 
Commercial drivers should have one of the six approved documents in their possession before arriving at a designated licensing office, including:
·         Valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card issued by the U.S. Department of State;
·         Birth certificate issued by a state or local government. A hospital-issued “Certificate of Live Birth” is not acceptable;
·         Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State;
·         Certificate of Naturalization issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
·         Certificate of Citizenship issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
·         Permanent Resident Card or “Green Card” issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Obtaining duplicate documents can take several weeks. Commercial drivers are encouraged to begin the process immediately if they do not currently have at least one in their possession. Photocopies will not be accepted. The Department of Licensing (DOL) will be unable to complete CDL or CLP transactions of those drivers who are unable to provide one of the approved documents.
 
Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency is not required to replace a lost, damaged, or stolen card.
 
More information is available online at dol.wa.gov/cdlchanges or by calling the Washington Department of Licensing Driver Customer Service line at 360-902-3900.

Commercial drivers must self-certify their driver status before Jan. 30 deadline

November 4, 2013
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The Department of Licensing recently sent notifications by mail to about 60,000 individuals with commercial driver licenses to let them know the deadline is approaching to complete and submit the required form to self-certify the type of commercial driving they do.

All CDL holders are required to submit a self-certification form to DOL before January 30, 2014. Failure to do so will result in losing their CDL and the driver will be required to get a driver license without the CDL endorsement.  A self-certification form can be completed by visiting any DOL driver licensing office.

This self-certification is required to help ensure state and federal transportation agencies know who is required to keep current medical certificates on file with DOL. This includes all CDL holders who drive commercial vehicles in connection with interstate commerce.

Drivers that operate entirely within Washington state and don’t drive in connection with interstate commerce (intrastate drivers) are still required to self-certify, but are not required to keep their medical certificates on file with DOL.

DOL began notifying commercial drivers about this requirement in 2011. More information is available on the Department of Licensing website.

As of October 5, 2013, there are 194,743 individuals with CDL endorsements on their driver license. These endorsements break down as follows:

  • Class A:  137,681
  • Class B:  52,883
  • Class C:  4,179

Some driver and vehicle fees increasing in October

October 1, 2012

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OLYMPIA — Several fees related to driver and vehicle licensing charged by the Department of Licensing increased today.

These fee increases, passed by the 2012 State Legislature, are required to continue to fund the operation and maintenance of the roads, streets, bridges, ferries, transit systems, and other services that make up our vital transportation system.

(Please click image below for larger view of fees.)


State updating commercial driver skills test

August 31, 2011

truck and busThe Department of Licensing is updating the driving test taken by about 10,000 people each year seeking a commercial driver license (CDL) in Washington.

Starting on September 1, the test will require drivers to complete a third backing-up exercise. Along with this, the test’s scoring system is being updated to expand a tester’s ability to evaluate the driver’s performance during the road test. New testing procedures that will better measure a commercial driver’s ability to perform a commercial vehicle inspection will be adopted in 2012.

These changes, developed by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and endorsed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will bring Washington in line with national CDL knowledge and skills testing standards. The new testing procedures have been added to DOL’s Commercial Driver Guide and more information about the changes also is posted on the Department of Licensing website.