On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
While States have now reopened their state driver’s license agencies (SDLA’s) and resumed normal operations, some commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who were unable to renew their driver’s license or provide a medical certificate to their SDLA continue to operate with expired licenses and/or medical certificates.
Given the national public health emergency and the supply chain disruptions exacerbated by the COVID-19 emergency, there is a continued public need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment, and persons, which requires an adequate and sustained supply of CMV drivers including Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) holders, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders, and non-CDL commercial drivers. For this reason, FMCSA issued an extension of this Notice of Enforcement Policy through April 15, 2022, to provide CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers 45 days to renew their driver’s license or provide a medical certificate to their SDLA.
This Notice of Enforcement Policy applies to all CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers whose licenses were issued for less than the maximum period established by 49 CFR 383.25 and 383.73 and was valid on February 29, 2020, and expired on or after March 1, 2020, and whose medical certification or medical variance expired on or after December 1, 2021.
Please be reminded that after April 15, 2022, the state of Mississippi will begin suspending CDL driver's licenses for any drivers whose medical cards have expired.
You have until April 15, 2022, to renew your CDL medical card if it has expired.