If 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
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.