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CDL Downgraded?


As reported in last week’s TPGA’s CDL Medical Card Regulatory Update, the Texas Department of Public Safety has begun downgrading licenses due to expired medical cards. While there is a waiver, it is limited in scope and dependent on license expiration dates. Drivers with a medical card that expired from March 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020, and did NOT submit their new medical card to DPS, their licenses were downgraded on December 30, 2020. If you have a driver that has been downgraded, they must visit their local Driver's License office with an updated medical card in order to have the license brought back to a CDL. If your driver did submit their medical card, and they feel it is an error, and they have the paperwork to prove it. In that case, they will need to bring proof of the submission to their local driver's office for assistance or contact TPGA, who possibly may facilitate the correction if the error was DPS'. Click here to check your drivers’ CDL status. Just as a reminder: If your driver’s medical card expired on or after June 1, 2020, but before September 01, 2020, then your driver still has 60 days from the start of 2021 before the DPS downgrades them. There is currently an ACTIVE WAIVER only for CDL medical certificates or variances that expired on or after September 01, 2020. These will remain certified until February 28, 2021. Medical Card Submissions Drivers who have updated medical certificates or variances may submit them to the Texas Department of Public Safety by fax to 512-424-2002 or by email as a PDF attachment to CDLMedCert@dps.texas.gov. DPS only allows one medical card per email. Please call the association at (800) 325-7427 if you have any follow up questions.

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