A: The expiration date for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, has been extended to May 31, 2020.
Q: Does the license extension listed above apply to CDL holders?
A: Yes, for CDLs scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020.
Q: My Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) is expiring for my CDL. What do I do?
A: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued multiple waivers and guidance relating to MECs until June 30, 2020. FMCSA waives the requirement under 49 CFR 391.45 that CDL holders, CLP holders, and non-CDL drivers have a medical examination and certification, provided that they have proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
Drivers claiming relief under this waiver from the requirement for a valid medical certificate must have proof of a valid medical certificate that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificates.
Drivers who cannot produce evidence of a prior medical certification that expired on or after March 1, 2020, are not covered under this waiver, including new drivers who have never obtained a medical certification.
In addition, PennDOT has temporarily stopped processes to downgrade CDL drivers who are unable to provide their updated MECs as indicated in the FMCSA waiver and guidance; however, If drivers do obtain an updated, valid MEC, the Bureau of Driver Licensing is sill able to process the MEC and add the information to the driver record.
To ensure timely processing, MECs can be submitted by email at CDLmedscert@pa.gov or by fax at 717-783-5429. If a CDL holder has recently submitted a MEC using the mail, it is highly recommended that the MEC be resubmitted using the email or fax telephone number above.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact your Liberty Advisor.