COVID-19 CDL FAQs

Posted on Mar 27, 2020 in
The following is a Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) 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 Sixth Supplementary Proclamation Relating to the COVID-19 Emergency dated April 25, 2020.  The Sixth Supplementary Proclamation extended the emergency period expiration date from May 16, 2020 to May 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 May 7, 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 has expired or will expire between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, may continue to legally drive a CMV until June 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 expired on March 1, 2020 or after are granted an extension until June 30, 2020 to submit a current MEC.  The medical examiner’s certificate expiration date extension does not apply to a CDL holder that has an expired medical variance or skills performance evaluation certificate.  
  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 expired or is expiring between March 1, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, will be granted an additional 90-day extension from the Hazmat endorsement expiration date.  However, if your CDL expires between March 16, 2020 thru May 31, 2020, your CDL will be valid until June 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) 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 June 30, 2020.  After June 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 May 31, 2020, may continue to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle until June 30, 2020.  
  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?
Medical examiner’s certificates that expired during the emergency period were granted an extension until June 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 could be extended beyond June 30, 2020, the CDL must be renewed no later than the CDL’s extension period’s expiration date or June 30, 2020, whichever is earlier.  You will no longer be valid to legally operate a 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 on May 31, 2020. 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/ ) You are encouraged to check back to this website or listen to the latest media reports on when the county offices will reopen. Kauai DMV will reopen their offices on May 18, 2020 and provide services by appointment only.  (See the County of Kauai News Release:  https://www.kauai.gov/Portals/0/Mayor/PIO/NR050120FD1.pdf?ver=2020-05-01-131133-050 )  
  1. My commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) was granted the up-to 90-day extension from the expiration date to June 30, 2020. When I renew my CDL or CLP, will I get issued my renewed CDL or CLP with an additional up-to 90-days extra?
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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