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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Commercial driver license (CDL) and commercial learner permit (CLP) expiration dates have been extended by FMCSA until November 30, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to March 1st, 2020. Medical certificate and variance expiration dates have been extended until November 30, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to June 1, 2021.

 

DPS and tag agents are now offering eight (8) year driver licenses and identification cards. Fees are double the four (4) year option.

DOT Medical Cards

Who is required to be medically qualified (possess a DOT medical card) to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle in interstate and intrastate commerce?

ALL drivers that have a Class A, B or C CDL must be medically qualified (possess a DOT medical card) to operate a CMV.

Interstate drivers are required to present the medical card to the Department of Public Safety when obtaining or renewing a CDL.

Intrastate drivers are not required to present the DOT medical cards when obtaining or renewing a CDL BUT will get a "K" restriction put on the CDL. These drivers are still required to have a valid DOT medical card on their person.

Government employees are exempt from the DOT medical card requirement.

Last Modified on May 21, 2021
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