COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Commercial Driver’s License

My CDL has expired and I am unable to renew it. What can I do?

Commercial driver licenses with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020, are extended through June 30, 2020. See Emergency Order issued April 13, 2020 at https://www.flhsmv.gov/floridahighway-patrol/commercial-vehicle-enforcement/emergency-declarations/

Will I have to pay a delinquent fee?

The delinquent renewal fees are waived during the extension period for commercial driver licenses. See Emergency Order issued April 13, 2020 at https://www.flhsmv.gov/florida-highway-patrol/commercialvehicle-enforcement/emergency-declarations/

My CLP has expired and I am unable to renew it. What can I do?

Commercial learner’s permits with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020, are extended through June 30, 2020. See Emergency Order issued April 13, 2020 at https://www.flhsmv.gov/floridahighway-patrol/commercial-vehicle-enforcement/emergency-declarations/

You may also continue to drive if you meet the conditions of the following FMCSA Waiver:

This waiver is effective March 28, 2020 and expires either on June 30, 2020, or the revocation of the President’s declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), whichever is sooner.

Waives the requirement under 49 CFR 383.25(a)(1) that a CLP holder be accompanied by a CDL holder with the proper CDL class and endorsements, seated in the front seat of the vehicle while the CLP holder operates a CMV on public roads or highways.

Under the terms, conditions, and restrictions of this waiver, a CLP holder may:

  • Operate a CMV on public roads or highways without an accompanying CDL holder present in the front seat of the vehicle, provided that the CDL holder is elsewhere in the cab; AND
  • The CLP holder is in possession of evidence from the testing jurisdiction, including an authorized third-party tester, that the CLP holder has passed the CDL driving skills test; AND
  • The CLP holder has a valid non-CDL driver’s license, CLP, and medical certificate (unless the FMCSA waiver issued on March 24, 2020 applies).

NOTE: This waiver is applicable to CLP holders who have passed the CDL Skills Test. Prior to taking and passing the Skills Test, the CLP holder may only operate a CMV when accompanied by a CDL holder who is seated in the passenger seat next to the driver. See FMCSA waiver issued March 28, 2020 at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/three-month-waiver-response-covid19-emergency-states-and-clp-holders-operating

My Medical Examiner’s Certificate (Med Card) has expired and I cannot find a provider to issue me a new one. What do I do?

The requirements for the possession of a medical examiner’s certificate, are waived through June 30, 2020, provided the commercial driver has proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and expired on or after March 1, 2020. See Emergency Order issued April 13, 2020 at https://www.flhsmv.gov/florida-highway-patrol/commercial-vehicleenforcement/emergency-declarations/

I have a CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement that has expired. What do I need to do in order to maintain my HAZMAT endorsement?

If your CDL has been extended under the criteria listed above, you do not need to do anything. Your HAZMAT endorsement will remain valid until the new CDL expiration.

I have a valid CLP and wish to take the Skills Test but am unable to find and open test site. What can I do?

Many test sites remain open. You may call (850) 617-2707 to find out which sites are still open for testing. Since this information is changing on a daily basis, you may also contact the testing sites directly to determine if they are operational. A list of all sites authorized to conduct skills tests can be found at: https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/commercial-motor-vehicledrivers/commercial-driver-license/third-party-skill-test-sites/

I passed my CDL Skills Test but was unable to get my CDL issued before office closures. How can I get my CDL issued?

You may call (850) 617-2606 or email CDLIssuance@flhsmv.gov to find the closest office that is open to issue an original CDL.

Schedule an Appointment to Obtain Your CDL

The following regulations apply to all Commercial Driver License applicants:

  • The USA Patriot Act requires all states to conduct fingerprint-based background checks on customers applying for a CDL Hazmat endorsement.
  • The Hazmat Knowledge Test, TSA Background Check and Livescan fingerprinting are required to obtain a first-time Hazmat endorsement and for each subsequent renewal.
  • A valid Florida CDL may only be replaced with a valid H or X endorsement at tax collector offices.
  • Hazmat endorsed CDLs are valid for a period of four years.

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Hazmat Endorsed CDLs from Other States

Customers who have obtained a Hazmat endorsed CDL from a state other than Florida are required to pass the Florida Hazmat Knowledge Test and TSA Background Check.

Fees*

CDL Renewal $81.25
Replacement of Valid CDL to add Hazmat $31.25
Each Endorsement $7.00 each
Background Check and Fingerprinting $91.00

* All fees are set by the State of Florida

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Additional Information

For additional information on Commercial Driver Licenses, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:

How do I obtain my Commercial Driver License

CDL Medical Certification Requirements