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Commercial Driver Information during State of Emergency

The initiatives outlined on this page recognize the importance of commercial vehicle drivers to the supply chain during the State of Emergency declaration.

The Baker-Polito Administration issued a list of designated businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that shall continue to operate brick and mortar facilities during this period. This list is based on federal guidance and amended to reflect the needs of Massachusetts’ unique economy. While these businesses are designated as essential, they are urged to follow social distancing protocols for workers in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health. 


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Commercial Driver's Licenses and Commercial Learner's Permits

All Massachusetts commercial driver licenses (CDLs)  and commercial learner's permits (CLPs) with an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and May 30, 2021, have been extended until May 31, 2021.

Note: This does not apply to any commercial driver or permit holders whose privileges were suspended or revoked for traffic offenses, or to non-domiciled commercial driver or permit holders whose lawful presence has expired.

If you would like to take a commercial learner's permit,  you will need to make a reservation

To prepare for your CLP knowledge exam, click here.

To study for your CLP knowledge exam, the CDL Manual can be found here.

Online CDL Renewal 

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders are now able to renew their licenses online if they are self-certified in the Non-Excepted Interstate (NI) category for medical certification.

This is the last extension that will be granted therefore the RMV encourages customers to renew their credential as soon as possible by making a reservation at an RMV Service Center

Additional Resources

Medical Certificates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued an additional waiver for CDL Medical Certificates (DOT Medical Cards).  This waiver extends the expiration date of CDL Medical Certificates as follows:

  • Certificates that expired between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will expire on October 31, 2020
  • Certificates that expire between June 1, 2020 and February 27, 2021 will expire on February 28, 2021
  • Certificates that expire between December 1, 2020 and May 30, 2021 will expire on May 31, 2021

This will prevent license downgrades and elective medical visits, as well as alleviate demand on medical providers, during the State of Emergency.

This is the last extension that will be granted therefore the RMV encourages customers who are required to self-certify to do so as soon as possible in order to prevent the downgrade of their license. You can self-certify online at Mass.Gov/RMV.

Additional Resources

Road Tests

Road tests for CDLs are still being conducted during the State of Emergency.

Massachusetts State Police manage CDL road tests, and require anyone taking a CDL road test to bring and wear a mask or face covering for the entirety of the road test.

Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLPs) holders are not required to wait 14 days to schedule the initial road test during the State of Emergency.

To schedule your commercial (Class A, B, or C) road test, call 857-368-7381.

To prepare for your commercial road test, click here.

Additional Resources


For the latest FMCSA information, declarations,  and FAQs on COVID-19, visit: