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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

Overview

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is coordinating with the following states that have Declared Emergency Declarations. We recommend you check each State's Web site and search for "Issued Emergency Declarations" if you are interested in more details. For those carriers or drivers interested in providing services or who need to understand FMCSA regulations, the following applies.

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Emergency Declaration Information

To provide vital supplies and transportation services to a disaster area in the United States, emergency declarations may be issued by the President, Governors of States, or FMCSA. These declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations, including Hours of Service, for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort. See 49 CFR 390.23 for the actual emergency regulation.

Relief from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is limited to a maximum of 30 days, unless extended by FMCSA itself.

The information below reflects currently available relief:

  1. Drivers responding to provide "direct assistance" to an "emergency" meeting the definitions in 49 CFR 390.5 and declared by FMCSA or a governor, are exempt from applicable regulations in all States on their route to the emergency , even though those States may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.
  2. These exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. (However, a Governor's Declaration may add some of those exemptions - read the declaration for details.)
  3. Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency assistance in order to be exempt from safety regulations.
  4. The list of Emergency Declarations below may not be complete. Declarations may be in effect even if not listed here. Read the declaration itself for all details.
  5. There is no requirement to carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle unless stated so in the declaration itself.
  6. Drivers and carriers should coordinate with State emergency officials before providing assistance. State regulations regarding size and weight, permits, taxes, etc. may not have been waived.
  7. Even though safety regulations may be suspended, drivers and carriers are expected to use good judgment and not operate vehicles with fatigued or ill drivers, or under any conditions presenting a clear hazard to other motorists using the highways.

Federal Emergency Declarations by FMCSA

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Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination -- Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi: This is a Notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exercised agency discretion and determined not to enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against those Motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts pursuant to the Regional Emergency Declaration No. 2018-0001, dated October 6, 2017, issued by the FMCSA Regional Field Administrator for the Southern Service Center,...10/06/2017This Notice will expire upon the expiration or termination of Regional Emergency Declaration No. 2018-000 1, including any future extensions.
This is a Notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exercised agency discretion and determined not to enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against those Motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts pursuant to the Amended09/19/2017This Notice will expire. upon the expiration of the Amended Regional Declaration of Emergency, including any future extensions.
In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR 390.23, the Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center and Regional Field Administrators for FMCSA's Southern Service Center, Eastern Service Center and Midwestern Service Center, hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration.
*NOTE: Duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), September 30, 2017, whichever occurs first.
9/11/2017*9/30/2017
This is a Notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exercised agency discretion and determined not to enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against those Motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts pursuant to the Regional Declaration of Emergency, dated September 11, 2017, issued by the FMCSA Regional Field Administrators for the Southern and Midwestern Service Centers, including any future amendments or extensions or limitations.09/07/2017This Notice will expire upon the expiration of the Regional Declaration of Emergency, including any future extensions.
This is a Notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has exercised agency discretion and determined not to enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against those Motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts pursuant to the Regional Declaration of Emergency09/07/2017This Notice will expire upon the expiration of the Regional Declaration of Emergency, including any future extensions.
Multi-Service Center and Regional Field Administrators - Regional Declaration of Emergency Under 49 CFR § 390.23 - August 31, 2017
*NOTE: Duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CPR § 390.5) or until 1:59 P.M (ET, 9/30/2017, whichever occurs first)
8/31/2017*9/30/2017
This is a Notice that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exercised agency discretion and determined not to enforce the Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee provisions of 49 C.F.R. 360.3T(d)(2) and (f)(6) against those motor carriers requesting Temporary Operating Authority Registration in order to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts pursuant to the Regional Declaration of Emergency Notice 8/25/2017TBA

Federal Emergency Declarations by FMCSA Service Centers

Eastern Service Center

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The Regional Field Administrators for FMCSA's Southern and Eastern Service Centers hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency issued on September 6, 2017 as amended, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).
*NOTE:In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), January 8, 2018, whichever is less.
11/06/2017*01/08/2018
In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR 390.23, the Regional Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Eastern Service Center, hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration.
*NOTE:This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11 :59 P.M. (ET), October 6, 2017, whichever is less.
09/07/2017*10/08/2017

Eastern, Western and Southern Service Center

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The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Western Service Center and the Regional Field Administrators for FMCSA’s Southern and Eastern Service Centers hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency issued on August 31, 2017 as amended, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.
*NOTE:This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), October 30, 2017, whichever is less.
09/29/2017*10/30/2017

Eastern and Southern Service Center

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Extension of Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR 390.25 (11-06-2017)
*In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR SS 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), January 8, 2018, whichever is less.
11/06/2017*01/08/2018
Extension of Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR 390.25 (10-06-2017)
*In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR SS 390.5) or until 11 :59 P.M. (ET), November 6, 2017, whichever is less.
10/06/2017*11/06/2017
Amended Regional Emergency Declaration-Irma-Jose-Maria-09-19-2017
*In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11 :59 P.M. (ET), October 5, 2017, whichever is less.
09/19/2017*10/5/2017
Regional Declaration Of Emergency Under 49 CFR 390.23: ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, MISSISSIPI, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, PUERTO RICO, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Southern and Eastern Service Centers, hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration.
09/06/2017In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), October 5, 2017, whichever is less.

Southern Service Center

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(Southern Service Center) Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2018-0001 Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi: In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Southern Service Center, hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration.10/06/2017In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11 :59 P.M. (ET), November 6, 2017, whichever is less.

Southern and Midwestern Service Center

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In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Southern and Midwestern Service Centers, hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to Hurricane Irma and its anticipated effects on people and property, including the immediate threat to human life or public welfare.09/11/2017This Notice will expire upon the expiration of the Regional Declaration of Emergency, including any future extensions.

Western and Southern Service Center

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The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center and the Regional Field Administrator for FMCSA's Southern Service Center hereby Regional Declaration of Emergency, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA).
*NOTE:This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), October 24, 20179 whichever is less
09/22/2017*10/24/2017

Western Service Center

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The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency issued on August 25, 2017, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.
*NOTE:In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11 P.M. (ET), January 22, 2018, whichever is less.
12/15/2017*01/22/2018
The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the State Declaration of Emergency, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.
*NOTE:In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11 :59 P.M. (ET), December 11, 2017, whichever is less.
11/09/2017*12/11/2017
The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Declaration of Emergency and Notice of extension of State declarations of emergency and continuing the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.
*NOTE:In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11 :59 P.M. (ET), December 15, 2017, whichever is less.
10/25/2017*12/15/2017
The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency issued on August 25, 2017, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.
*NOTE:In accordance with 49 CFR 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5) or until 11 P.M. (ET), December 22, 2017, whichever is less
10/24/2017*12/22/2017
Extension of State Declaration Notice 49 CFR 390.25 :: The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the State Declaration of Emergency, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.09/01/201710/31/2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center and Regional Field Administrator for FMCSA's Southern Service Center, hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration in the States of Texas and Louisiana and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. 8/25/201709/24/2017
The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Declaration of Emergency and Notice of extension of State declarations of emergency and continuing the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.8/25/201710/26/2017

State Emergency Declarations by State

Alabama

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Alabama Proclamation by the Governor (Tropical Storm Nate)10/05/201711/04/2017
State of Alabama Order Of The Commissioner Of Revenue09/06/201710/07/2017
Proclamation by The Governor 09-07-201709/01/201710/01/2017
Proclamation by The Governor08/30/201709/29/2017

California

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
California Fire Emergency Declaration (10-10-2017)10/10/201704/08/2018
Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam02/12/2017TBD

Connecticut

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency: Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 28-9, until further notice.03/13/2017TBD

Florida

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State of Florida Emergency Road Use Permit Executive Order 17-235 and Executive Order 17-28711/03/201711/17/2018
State of Florida Hurricane Irma Emergency Order (Pursuant to Executive Order 17-287)11/02/201701/01/2018
State of Florida Executive Order Number 17-28711/02/2017TBA
State of Florida Executive Order Number 17- 26210/05/2017TBA
State Of Florida Executive order Number 17-23509/04/2017TBA
State of Florida Executive Order Number 17 -20407/31/201709/31/2017

Georgia

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The State of Georgia Irma Executive Order 9-10-201709/10/201709/17/2017
The State of Georgia Irma Executive Order 9-7- 201709/08/201709/22/2017
Executive order the state of Georgia08/30/201709/20/2017

Iowa

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency09/09/201711/08/2017

Kansas

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Executive Order 17-03 for Regional Emergency : : Conditional and Temporary Relief from Certain Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations08/25/201709/24/2017

Kentucky

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Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Secretary Official Order No. 11096209/12/201709/27/2017
Commonwealth Of Kentucky Official Order No 11096109/08/201709/27/2017
Commonwealth Of Kentucky Official Order No.110950: Declaration Of Emergency For Transport Of Petroleum As A Result Of Hurricane Harvey08/31/201709/30/2017
Commonwealth Of Kentucky Official Order No.110944: Declaration Of Emergency For Damage Caused By Hurricane Harvey08/28/201709/27/2017

Louisiana

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Emergency- Tropical Strom Harvey08/24/201709/22/2017

Maryland

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Waiver of IRP Requirements Hurricane Irma
*NOTE:This waiver will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 P.M.(ET),October 6, 2017, whichever is less.
09/15/2017*10/06/2017

Mississippi

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
A Proclamation, May 1, 2017, State of Emergency in the State of Mississippi05/01/2017TBD

Montana

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Executive Order The State Of Montana09/01/201710/31/2017
State Of Montana - Executive Order No. 5- 201706/23/2017TBD

Nebraska

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State Of Nebraska Executive Order No 17-0909/08/201709/30/2017
State of Nebraska Office of the Governor Lincoln Executive Order No. 17-03: Hours of Service06/22/2017TBD

New Hampshire

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of New Hampshire Declaration Of Emergency Notice Title 49 CFR 390.23 10/30/201711/02/2017

New Jersey

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of New Jersey Administrative order 2017-0209/07/201710/01/2017

North Carolina

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Executive Order The State Of North Carolina-1908/31/201709/30/2017
State of North Carolina 2017-EO12: Damage to a Main Transmission Line07/27/2017TBD

North Dakota

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of North Dakota Office of the Governor Executive Order 2017-18.110/31/201711/30/2017
State of North Dakota Executive Order 2017- 0807/12/2017TBD

Oregon

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Extension of State Declaration Notice 49 CFR 390.25 :: The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Western Service Center hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the State Declaration of Emergency, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR 390.23(a)(1) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein.09/01/201710/31/2017
Emergency Relief from Motor Carrier Safety Regulations08/03/201709/02/2017

Puerto Rico

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Executive Order of The Governor of Puerto Rico: Administrative Bulletin Number: OE-2017-04709/17/2017TBD

South Carolina

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of South Carolina Executive Order No. 2017-21
*NOTE:(l) provisions of this Order affecting hours of service requirements shall take effect immediately and be in effect for 30 days, expiring midnight on October 6, 2017; (2) provisions of this Order affecting registration, permitting, length, width, weight, and load requirements shall be in effect for 120 days, expiring midnight of January 4, 2018.
09/06/2017*10/06/2017
01/04/2018
State of South Carolina Executive Order No. 2017-2009/06/2017TBD
State of South Carolina Executive Order No. 2017-1908/31/201709/30/2017
State of South Carolina Executive Order No. 2017-1808/31/201709/30/2017

South Dakota

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of South Dakota Office of the Governor Executive Order 2017-0911/06/201711/20/2017
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-06 WHEREAS, Widespread drought conditions, low humidity, and high temperatures have created serious peril for our state; and; ...06/16/201712/16/2017

Tennessee

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
State of Tennessee Executive Order No 6709/11/201711/08/2017

Texas

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Proclamation Governor of the State of Texas08/23/2017TBD

Virginia

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order 72-201709/07/201706/30/2018

Washington

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
Proclamation Governor of the State of Washington09/02/2017TBD

Wisconsin

DescriptionEffectiveExpires on
The State of Wisconsin Office of the Governor Executive Order #25409/08/2017This relief is valid for the duration of the motor carrier's assistance in the disaster relief effort or the duration of this Order, whichever is less; and
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017
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