FMCSA: States can issue one-year commercial learner’s permits

But six-month CLPs remain an option for states

Posted December 22, 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule allowing states the option of issuing a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) for up to one year.

The new rule is not a requirement for states to change from a six-month CLP, but merely an option. States may now renew a CLP within that one-year period, but if it is renewed, it may not be valid for more than one year from the date of the initial issuance.

After one year from the date of initial issuance of a CLP, it will no longer be valid. If an applicant does not obtain a commercial driver’s license within one year of the CLP issuance, he or she must reapply for a CLP.

The new rule goes into effect on February 19, 2019.


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