Sacramento – California commercial drivers can continue delivering essential products and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic without worrying about an expiring license following a new round of extensions today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
In accordance with updated guidance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the DMV is issuing an extension through December 31, 2020, to all commercial driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and endorsements expiring between March and December 31, 2020. A previous extension had been set to expire at the end of September.
The DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the new extensions.
While the extension is automatic, eligible commercial drivers will not receive a new card or an extension in the mail. As an option, beginning October 5, 2020, they can request a free temporary paper extension online to document their extension, though one is not needed to drive. Commercial drivers who previously requested an extension through September 30, 2020, may submit a new request to document the new expiration date.
Current, valid CDL and Commercial License Permit holders whose medical certifications expire on or after March 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020 have an extension until October 31, 2020, and those expiring June 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 have an extension until December 31, 2020, to obtain and submit a new, valid medical certificate.