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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

DOEs in CA, AL, SC, NC, VA, NJ, WI, MN, AL, SD, MO, WY, NE, IA


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.


Declarations by FMCSA

Description: WSC - 11-30-2018 Alaska Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination 2018-010
Effective: 11/30/2018 | Expires on: This Notice will expire upon the termination or expiration of Regional Declaration of Emergency 2018-010, including any future amendments and extensions.

Description: WSC - CA - Notice of Enforcement Discretion - CA Wildfilres - FMCSA-2018-009
Effective: 11/15/2018 | Expires on: This Notice will expire upon the termination or expiration of Regional Declaration of Emergency 2018-009, including any future amendments and extensions.

Federal Emergency Declarations by FMCSA Service Centers

Eastern and Southern Service Centers

Description: NC-SC-VA - Extension to Emergency Declaration 2018-007 - ESC-SSC
Effective: 01/14/2019 | Expires on: 03/19/2019, whichever is less.

Western Service Center

Description: CA - Extension of Regional Emergency Decoaration 2018-009 - WSD
Effective: 01/14/2019 | Expires on: 03/19/2019, whichever is less.

State Emergency Declarations by State


Description: 2019-03-04_Severe Weather Supplemental State of Emergency
Effective: 03/03/2019 | Expires on: 05/02/2019

Description: Alabama State of Emergency 022319
Effective: 02/23/2019 | Expires on: TBD


Description: Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency
Effective: 03/13/2019 | Expires on: 04/13/2019


Description: Minnesota–Extending Emergency Executive Order 19-04
Effective: 03/10/2019 | Expires on: 03/25/2019

Description: Minnesota EO 19-04 Exemption from Hours-of-Service
Effective: 02/22/2019 | Expires on: 03/09/2019


Description: Montana EO-01-2019 Energy Emergency Declaration
Effective: 02/26/2019 | Expires on: 03/28/2019


Description: Nebraska Executive Order No. 19-02
Effective: 03/11/2019 | Expires on: 04/15/2019

New Jersey

Description: New Jersey Executive Order 57
Effective: 02/20/2019 | Expires on: TBD

South Dakota

Description: South Dakota Office of the Governor Executive Order 2019-02
Effective: 02/25/2019 | Expires on:Shall expire upon conclusion of the emergency, but no later than midnight, March 22, 2019.


Description: Wisconsin EO 012- Relating to Energy Emergency
Effective: 02/21/2019 | Expires on: TBD

Description: Wisconsin EO 012 - Relating to Energy Emergency Errata
Effective: 02/21/2019 | Expires on: TBD


Description: Wyoming Executive Order-Propone 2019-0311
Effective: 03/11/2019 | Expires on: Shall expire upon the conclusion of the emergency, but no later than midnight, 03/31/2019.

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.
Updated: Monday, March 18, 2019

Contact Information

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established a toll free hotline at 1-877-831-2250 for anyone seeking inquiries pertaining to FMCSA Regulations during a declared disaster.


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For information on FMCSA Emergency Declarations
Federal Motor Carrier Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590
United States
Phone: 877-831-2250


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