COVID-19 CDL FAQs

Posted on Mar 27, 2020 in
The following is a Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) discussion on the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 emergency procedures as it relates to drivers of commercial motor vehicles.  The temporary interim procedures established is in accordance with the Governor’s Supplementary to the Emergency Proclamation signed on March 16, 2020 and subsequent supplementary proclamations relating to the COVID-19 emergency.  The most recent supplementary proclamation, Tenth Supplementary Proclamation, extends the emergency period end date to August 31, 2020.  

(The temporary interim procedures conveyed in the FAQs are subject to change.  Please continue to check this website for the latest revisions.)

(Revised July 24, 2020)

   
  1. Am I still allowed to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if my CDL has expired?
CDL holders in good standing that have a CDL that expires between March 16, 2020 thru August 31, 2020, may continue to legally drive a CMV until September 30, 2020.  However, CDL holders must still meet the requirements for a valid medical examiner’s certificate.  
  1. Am I still medically qualified to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle if my medical examiner’s certificate (MEC) has expired?
CDL holders in good standing that have a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) that was issued for 90-days or longer that expired on March 1, 2020 or after are granted an extension until September 30, 2020 to submit a current MEC.  The medical examiner’s certificate expiration date waiver until September 30, 2020 also applies to a CDL holder that has an expired medical variance or skills performance evaluation certificate that was issued for 90-days or longer that expired on March 1, 2020 or after.  
  1. Am I still allowed to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle containing hazardous materials if my TSA Hazardous Materials Threat Assessment for my hazardous materials endorsement has expired?
CDL holders in good standing that have an expired hazardous materials (Hazmat) endorsement that expires between March 1, 2020 thru October 29, 2020, will be granted an additional 180-day extension from the Hazmat endorsement expiration date.  However, if your CDL expires between March 1, 2020 thru August 31, 2020, your CDL will be valid until September 30, 2020.  
  1. Will my class of CDL be downgraded to a Class 3 driver’s license if my medical examiner’s certificate has expired?
CDL holders in good standing that have an expired Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) issued for 90-days or longer that expired on March 1, 2020 or after will not be downgraded to a Class 3 driver’s license and will be granted an extension until September 30, 2020.  After September 30, 2020, the CDL holder will be medically disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle and will have 53-days to submit a current MEC before being downgraded to a Class 3 driver’s license.  
  1. Will my commercial learner’s permit (CLP) be valid if it expires during this emergency period?
CLP holders in good standing that have a CLP that has expired or will expire between March 16, 2020 thru August 31, 2020, may continue to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle until September 30, 2020.  However, CLP holders must still meet the requirements for a valid medical examiner’s certificate.  
  1. What will happen to my expired CDL that was extended during this emergency period once the COVID-19 emergency proclamation has ended?
The CDL will no longer be valid to drive any vehicle once the extension period allowed for the expired CDL has ended and the CDL has not been renewed.  
  1. What will happen to my CDL after the emergency period has ended since my medical examiner’s certificate had expired during this time?
Qualifying CDL holders with a medical examiner’s certificates that expired during the emergency period were granted an extension until September 30, 2020.  A new medical examiner’s certificate must be submitted to the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Safety Office or County CDL office no later than the end of the extension period.  Failure to do so will result in the CDL holder’s disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle and the CDL holder will have 53-days before being automatically downgraded to a Class 3 driver’s license.  
  1. What will happen to my expired CDL with a hazardous materials (Hazmat) endorsement that expired and allowed an exemption during this emergency period once the COVID-19 emergency proclamation has ended?
A new hazardous materials threat assessment must be completed with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and initiated with the TSA 60-days before the end of the extension period’s expiration date.  Failure to do so may result in the expiration of the CDL.  Although the Hazmat endorsement is now extended beyond September 30, 2020, the CDL must be renewed no later than September 30, 2020.  You will no longer be valid to legally operate any type of motor vehicle once your CDL expires with the extension date allowed.  
  1. My commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) expires right after the emergency period ends. What happens if I cannot get an appointment in time to renew my CDL or CLP?
You will no longer be licensed to legally operate a motor vehicle on public roadways.  Please contact your county DMV to make the appropriate arrangements for an appointment.  (See the following link to get the county contact information: https://hidot.hawaii.gov/driverslicense/ )  
  1. My commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) was granted the extension from the expiration date to September 30, 2020. When I renew my CDL or CLP, will I get issued my renewed CDL or CLP with the extra days? 
No.  Your renewed CDL or CLP will expire on your birth date (or hazardous materials endorsement end date) and the new expiration period will be calculated based on when your CDL or CLP originally expired.

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