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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.


Two (2) convictions for any one or combination of the following violations in a commercial vehicle within a three (3) year period would disqualify your commercial license for sixty (60) days :

  1. Speeding 15 mph or more over the limit

  2. Reckless driving

  3. Any traffic offense involving a fatality accident

  4. Erratic or unsafe lane change

  5. Following too close

  6. Failure to obtain a commercial drivers license

  7. Failure to have in possession a commercial drivers license

  8. Failure to have the proper class license for vehicle operated

  9. Failure to have the proper endorsement for the vehicle operated

  10. Using a cellular telephone or electronic communication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while the CMV is in motion.

Three (3) or more violations of any of the previous violations within three (3) years will result in a disqualification for (120) days.

To reinstate from disqualification:

Reinstatement from disqualification does not require the payment of any fees. When the individual has completed the period of disqualification their driving privilege will be reinstated providing they are otherwise eligible.

Last Modified on Oct 05, 2020
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