ITI Updates March 23, 2020

Posted: Mar, 23rd 2020

The Indiana Motor Trucking Association released information pertaining to questions affecting CDL .

FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new Emergency Declarations, including specific actions for State Drivers Licensing Agencies during the COVID-19 emergency.

  • FMCSA will not issue a non-compliance finding if the state extends a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) that would otherwise expire during the COVID-19 emergency
  • States may renew a CDL/CLP online
  • FMCSA will not issue a non-compliance finding if a state does not change the medical certification status to “not certified” or downgrade a CDL/CLP holder whose Medical Examiner’s Certificate has expired during the COVID-19 emergency
  • FMCSA has answers to frequently asked questions on the emergency declaration and has a centralized mailbox for questions related to the COVID-19 emergency.  
  • https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/general-emergency-faqs

 State of Indiana

Based on the Governor’s Executive Order 20-05,  communications with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and the Indiana State Police all Indiana Driver’s licenses, including CDLs, that expired or will expire on or after March 19, 2020 will have their expiration date extended until the emergency is over, or the Governor rescinds the Executive Order. You may then renew your driver’s license as normal without penalty. However, whenever possible seek alternate options such as renewing on-line to avoid long lines and potential backlogs.   The Indiana BMV is currently working on offering online options.

 Medical

A company and driver should attempt a good faith effort for renewal, but it is understood that there may be limitations such as with medical providers.

INDIANA BMV STATEMENT: If your CDL driver has a medical certification that will expire while the Covid-19 pandemic social distancing protocol is in place, consider the following.

  • In an effort to keep non-sick individuals from office visits, on a case-by-case basis, physicians who performed the most recent exam, for certification, may be willing to provide an extension for a period of time past the expiration date.
  • The IMTA recommends having your CDL driver contact their physician to see if an extension is possible.
  • Fax them to the BMV at 317-974-1613.

 The Indiana BMV may have different operational hours or may be closed at any time due to deep cleaning or limited staffing.

 CDL TEST SITES

The BMV is working on gaining information on CDL testing site information. Most sites are on a reduced schedule and as of this morning the following locations are closed for CDL testing per the BMV: Baylor Trucking in Milan, Schneider in Indianapolis and Commercial Testing in Kokomo. Click HERE for the list of sites.

DRUG TESTING

As of right now, there has been no changes regarding the status of drug testing.  Until official word of any exemptions for Drug and alcohol testing is received, carriers should follow the FMCSRs as they are written.