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Compliance Relief for CDL Holders: Medical Card Waiver Extended


To ensure commercial drivers can continue to work, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the compliance for medical certificates and federal variances (including Texas vision and limb waivers) until February 28, 2022. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) strongly recommends obtaining a valid medical certificate or federal variance as soon as possible to continue working once the waiver extension ends. FMCSA indicates that will begin to wind down exemptions in the near future. Active Medical Card Waiver

  • Medical certificates or federal variances that expire between September 01, 2021, and February 28, 2022, will remain certified until February 28, 2022. On March 02, 2022, the license will become not certified, if an updated medical certificate or federal variance is not received. If a medical certificate or federal variance is not received within 60 days after the not certified status, a downgrade will occur.

Expired Medical Card Waivers

  • Medical certificates or federal variances that were valid on February 29, 2020, and expired on or after March 1, 2020, but before February 28, 2021, are no longer covered by the federal waiver and have been downgraded.

  • If your medical certificate expired on or after March 01, 2021, but before June 01, 2021, the waiver expired on August 31, 2021.

  • Medical Certificates or federal variances that expire between June 02, 2021, and August 31, 2021, on December 01, 2021, the license became not certified, if an updated medical certificate or federal variance was not received. If a medical certificate or federal variance is not received within 60 days after the not certified status, a downgrade will occur.

Drivers who have an updated medical certificate may still submit it to the TX DPS by email at CDLMedCert@dps.texas.gov or by fax at 512-424-2002. Download the FMCSA waiver adopted and recognized by the TX DPS below.

DOWNLOAD WAIVER

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