To ensure commercial drivers can continue to work during the COVID national emergency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently extended the compliance dates for some medical certificates and variances. This recent extension is now finally being recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Active Medical Card Waiver
CDL medical certificates or variances that expired on or after September 01, 2020, will remain certified until February 28, 2021. After that date, the license will no longer be certified if an updated medical certificate or variance is not received. If not sent in within 60 days, your license will then be downgraded.
Medical Card Waiver Recently Expired, But There is Still Time
Medical certificates or variances that expired on or after June 1, 2020, but before September 01, 2020, remained certified until December 31, 2020. Although now no longer certified, these drivers still have up to 60 days to get a medical certificate or variance before a license downgrade occurs.
Expired Medical Card Waiver
Medical certificates or variances that expired on or after March 1, 2020, but before June 1, 2020, are no longer covered by the waiver and have been downgraded as of December 30, 2020.
Medical Card Submissions
Drivers who have updated medical certificates or variances may submit them to the Texas Department of Public Safety by email as a PDF attachment to CDLMedCert@dps.texas.gov or by fax to 512-424-2002.
You may check to ensure your Medical Certificate has been processed by accessing the License Eligibility application. Please allow up to 10 business days from the time you have submitted for your Texas CDL record to be updated.