Waiver for States Concerning Third Party CDL Skills Test Examiners

The Agricultural Retailers Association provides the following update from D.C. regarding important waivers for its members during the public health crisis related to COVID-19:

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a new emergency waiver for states regarding third party Commercial Driver License (CDL) skills test examiners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a new FMCSA emergency waiver that will help new CDL drivers seeking a Class A CDL. The seasonal drivers – Restricted Ag CDL – are already exempt from the knowledge and skills tests. This does not address the issue of obtaining new CDL endorsements. The main issue for the Restricted Ag CDL drivers is the processing of the applications in a timely manner.

This waiver is effective April 9, 2020, and expires either on June 30, 2020, or upon the revocation of the President’s Declaration of National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 public health emergency, whichever is sooner. 

ARA appreciates the help this will provide on increasing the number of new CDL Class A drivers. We continue to work with ARA members and state agribusiness associations related to the re-opening of state driver’s license offices and the processing of CDL applications, including for seasonal drivers operating under the Restricted Ag CDL. ARA also continues to work on allowing for the issuance of new CDL endorsements.

ARA will continue to keep you updated as we receive information. If you have any questions, you can always contact ARA through the ARA DC Help Desk.