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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits

DOEs in THE FIFTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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.

Category

COVID-19 Updates


Description: FMCSA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources


Declarations by FMCSA


Description: Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-002 (Relating to COVID-19)
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET) on April 12, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.


 

Federal Emergency Declarations by FMCSA Service Centers


Southern Service Center


Description: SSC - TN - Regional Emergency Declaration 2020-001 - Severe Storms - 03-03-2020
Effective: 03/03/2020 | Expires on: shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), April 2, 2020, whichever is less.


 

State Emergency Declarations by State


Alabama


Description: State of Alabama Proclamation by the Governor
Effective: 02/18/2020 | Expires on: Shall remain in full force and effect for the duration of this state of emergency, except as otherwise expressly specified.


American Samoa


Description: American Samoa DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND STATE OF EMERGENCY COVID-19
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This declaration will be in effect for thirty (30) days and will expire on April 17, 2020. Exclusive authority for rendering all final decisions pertaining to the implementation of all prescribed dictates of this Emergency Declaration is vested solely in the Governor of the Territory of American Samoa.


Arizona


Description: Arizona Declaration of Emergency - COVID-19
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: This Emergency Declaration will be eligible for termination upon the resolution of the outbreak as determined by the Arizona Department of Health Services.


Arkansas


Description: Arkansas EO_20-03 Governor's Proclamation
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: TBD


California


Description: California Governor Newsom Shelter in place Executive Order-N33-20
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: Pursuant to the authority under the Health and Safety Code 120125, 120140, 131080, 120130(c), 120135, 120145, 120175 and 120150, this order is to go into effect immediately and shall stay in effect until further notice.


Description: California 3.4.20-Coronavirus-SOE-Proclamation
Effective: 03/04/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Colorado


Description: Colorado Emergency Waiver CO_Memo_3_20_20
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This waiver shall remain in effect for the duration of the declared emergency, as per Governor Polis, unless further declarations are made in writing or are rescinded.


Description: Colorado BL 20-01 CDL Impact During Closure
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: In addition, there are 872 drivers with a Commercial Learners Permit that are set to expire during the expected period of closure. The Division of Motor Vehicles has also extended the date of expiration for Commercial Learners Permits by 60 days.


Description: Colorado Declaring a Disaster Emergency
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order shall expire thirty (30) days from March 11, 2020, unless extended further by Executive Order, except that the funds described in Section Il(C) above shall remain available for the described purposes for twelve (12) months from the date of this Executive Order.


Description: COVID-19 Emergency Waiver
Effective: 03/10/2020 | Expires on: This waiver shall remain in effect for the duration of the declared emergency, as per Governor Polis, unless further declarations are made in writing or are rescinded.


Description: Commercial Driver License (CDL) Impact during Office Closure
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: The Division of Motor Vehicles has also extended the date of expiration for Commercial Learners Permits by 60 days.


Commonwealth of the Northern Maraiana Islands


Description: Commonwealth of the Northern Maraiana Islands Emergency Declaration Order 2020-04
Effective: 03/17/2020 | Expires on: The above described Directives are in no way meant as the limits of actions or authority under this Declaration. Accordingly, I reserve the right under this Declaration to issue any and all directives necessary to prevent, mitigate or ameliorate the adverse effects of the emergency.


Connecticut


Description: Connecticut LEB FINAL- COVID March 2020
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: This waiver will remain in effect for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of this notice.


Description: Connecticut DMV IRP Waiver_03.12.2020v2 (002)
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: SThis waiver will remain in effect for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of this notice.


Description: Connecticut 20200310-declaration of civil preparedness and public health emergency
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: Such public health emergency and civil preparedness emergency shall remain in effect through September 9th, 2020, unless terminated earlier by me.


Description: Connecticut COVID 19 Waiver of FMCSRs-Signed
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: ThBD


Description: Connecticut DMV Credential Extension
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: TThe extension will apply only to credentials that expire from March 10, 2020 through June 8, 2020. Each affected credential holder will have an additional ninety (90) days from his or her expiration date to renew the credential without penalty.


Description: Connecticut NML EO 7 COVID 19 03-12-2020
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: This order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the aforementioned state of emergency, unless earlier modified by me.


Delaware


Description: Delaware Second Modification to the State of Emergency
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This Declaration of a State of Emergency has the force and effect of law. Any failure to comply with the provisions contained in a Declaration of a State of Emergency constitutes a criminal offense. 20 Del. C. §§ 3115 (b); 3116(9); 3122; 3125. State and local law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce the provisions of any Declaration of a State of Emergency.


Guam


Description: Guam State of Emergency Declaration Order
Effective: 03/14/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Georgia


Description: Georgia Emergency Declaration 03.14.20.01
Effective: 03/14/2020 | Expires on: That the State of Emergency shall terminate on April 13, 2020, at 11:59 P.M., unless it is renewed by the Governor.


Hawaii


Description: Hawaii Gov Supplementary Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19 3.16.2020
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: I FURTHER DECLARE that the disaster emergency relief period shall continue through May 15, 2020, unless terminated by a separate proclamation, whichever shall occur first.


Description: Hawaii Gov Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19 3.4.2020
Effective: 03/04/2020 | Expires on: DECLARE that the disaster emergency relief period shall commence immediately and continue through April 29, 2020, or by a separate proclamation, whichever occurs first.


Idaho


Description: Idaho Proclamation Extreme Emergency Declaration 032520
Effective: 03/25/2020 | Expires on: TBD



Illinois


Description: IL_Extend Office Closures
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: Illinois Stay Home Exectuvie Order
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: Illinois Waiver COVID19 March 16 2020
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: This AUTHORIZATION is effective immediately and expires upon April 12, 2020. Violation of any of the conditions of this AUTHORIZATION will subject the owner and operator to arrest, pursuant to the provisions of Section 625 ILCS 5/15-301U) and any other applicable portions of the Illinois Vehicle Code.


Description: Illinois Order for IDOT Permits March 2020
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: Except as specifically provided otherwise, this order expires on April 12, 2020.


Indiana


Description: INDIANA 4 Executive Order 20-04 COVID !19 PublicHealthEmergency
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: INDIANA 3 Executive Order 20-04 COVID !19 PublicHealthEmergency
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: INDIANA 2 Executive Order 20-03 - COVID 19
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: This exemption is effective from the time of the issuance of this Order until April 5, 2020, unless terminated or further extended by order of the Governor.


Iowa


Description: Iowa Emergency Declaration
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).


Kentucky


Description: Kentucky Official Order No. 112155 - Emergency - 90-Day Ext. re Licenses
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This waiver will remain in effect for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of this notice


Kansas


Description: EO 20-12 Executed
Effective: 03/23/2020 | Expires on: It shall become effective immediately and remain in force until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency proclaimed on March 12, 2020, relating to COVID-19 expires.


Description: Kansas Executive Order
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: 04/12/2020


Description: Kansas Memo
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Kentucky


Description: Kentucky Official Order No. 112155 - Emergency - 90-Day Ext. re Licenses
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This waiver will remain in effect for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of this notice.


Louisiana


Description: LA Official Stay at home Order JBE-33-2020
Effective: 03/23/2020 | Expires on: 04/13/2020


Description: Louisiana Stay At Home FAQs
Effective: 03/22/2020 | Expires on: 04/13/2020


Description: LA Essential Infrastructure Fact Sheet
Effective: 03/22/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: Louisiana DOT OS Waiver
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This Order is effective as of March 18, 2020 and shall remain in effect until April 18, 2020, unless amended, modified or rescinded.


Description: Louisiana SECRETARY WAIVER ORDER - DOTD Disaster Relief for Vehicles Trucks and Loads 3-18-2020 (002)
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: This Order is effective as of March 18, 2020 and shall remain in effect until April 18, 2020, unless amended, modified or rescinded.


Description: Louisiana Proclamation No 25 JBE 2020 - Public Health Emergency - Covid-19
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: This order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect from Wednesday, March 11, 2020 to Thursday, April 9, 2020, unless terminated sooner.


Maine


Description: Maine Proclamation of State of Civil Emergency To Further Protect Public Health
Effective: 03/15/2020 | Expires on: This Proclamation shall, pursuant to 37-B MR.S. §743, expire thirty (30) days from the date of its signature unless earlier renewed or terminated by me, or terminated by legislative joint resolution.


Maryland


Description: Maryland Ex Order Vehicle Weight Limits - 3.18.20
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This Order remains effective until the state of emergency has been terminated and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.


Description: Maryland Proclamation-COVID-19
Effective: 03/05/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Massachusetts


Description: Massachusetts Declaration of Emergency Notice
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: 04/12/2020


Description: Massachusetts Signed Emergency Declaration 3.10.20
Effective: 03/10/2020 | Expires on: shall remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to my judgment, that the STATE OF EMERGENCY no longer exists.


Michigan


Description: Executive Order 2020-04 - Declaration of State of Emergency
Effective: 03/10/2020 | Expires on: The state of emergency is terminated when emergency conditions no longer exist and appropriate programs have been implemented to recover from any effects of the emergency conditions, consistent with the legal authorities upon which this declaration is based and any limits on duration imposed by those authorities.


Minnesota


Description: Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-20
Effective: 03/27/2020 | Expires on: 04/10/2020


Description: Minnesota Emergency Executive Order (Order 20-06)
Effective: 03/17/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order is effective immediately under Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 4.035, subdivision 2, and remains in effect for 30 days, or until the direct assistance has ended, whichever occurs first.


Mississippi


Description: Mississippi Temporary COVID-19 Weight Increase for Carriers of Certain Commodities
Effective: 03/17/2020 | Expires on: 04/12/2020


Description: Mississippi State of Emergency
Effective: 03/04/2020 | Expires on: TBD 


Missouri


Description: Missouri Emergency Declaration
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: This order shall terminate on May 15, 2020, unless extended in whole or in part. 


Nebraska


Description: Nebraska EO 20-05 DMV
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: NE 2020 Executive Order No. 20-01
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: These regulations are hereby suspended through the duration of the motor carrier's assistance in the pandemic relief effort, effective March 13th , 2020 and to remain in effect until May 15th, 2020.


Nevada


Description: Nevada Declaration of Emergency re COVID
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: This declaration will remain in effect until the Chief Medical Officer notifies the Governor that the health event has been abated and the Governor issues an order terminating the emergency.


New Jersey


Description: New Jersey Governor Murphy Enacts Moratorium on Removals of Individuals Due to Evictions or Foreclosures _1
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Description: New Jersey EO-106
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This Order shall take effect immediately and remain in effect for no longer than two months following the end of the Public Health Emergency or State of Emergency established by Executive Order No. 103 (2020), whichever ends later, unless this Order is first revoked or modified by the Governor in a subsequent executive order.


North Carolina


Description: North Carollina Emergency Declarartion_3_17_20
Effective: 03/10/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until rescinded.


Description: North Carolina Executive Order 3/23/20
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for a period of thirty (30) days or until rescinded or superseded by another applicable Executive Order.


Description: State of North Carolina-EO115-SOE and Transportation Waivers
Effective: 02/07/2020 | Expires on: 03/07/2020 or the duration of the emergency, whichever is less.


North Dakota


Description: North Dakota State of Emergency Executive Order 2020-03
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: This order is in effect immediately and shall remain in effect until it is rescinded.


New York


Description: NY Notice of Waiver of International Registration Plan (IRP) Requirements 3_23_20
Effective: 03/23/2020 | Expires on: IRP Registrations, and Temporary Registrations expiring on or after March 1, 2020, will be extended through April 19, 2020.


Description: New York State Department of Transportation -Covid-19 Order for Motor Carriers - Under EEO 202
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency as defined in EEO 202, or until September 7, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.


Ohio


Description: Ohio 2020 PUCO HOS Expanded Coronavirus Relief 3-23-20
Effective: 03/23/2020 | Expires on: This grant of regulatory relief is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the declared State of Emergency (Executive Order 2020-01D) or until rescinded.


Description: Ohio 2020 PUCO HOS Coronavirus Relief fuel 3-18-2020
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This grant of regulatory relief is effective immediately and expires at 11:59 PM, March 27, 2020.


Description: Ohio 2020 PUCO HOS Coronavirus Relief 3-13-2020 (final)
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: This grant of regulatory relief is effective immediately and expires at 11:59 PM, March 27, 2020.


Description: Ohio Emergency Declaration
Effective: 03/09/2020 | Expires on: remain in full force and effect until the emergency no longer exists, such. time to be determined by the Director of Health and the Executive Director of the Emergency Management Agency in consultation with the Governor, who will coordinate State response efforts and terminate the emergency upon the recommendation of appropriate officials of the other responding State departments and agencies.


Oregon


Description: Oregon Emergency Declaration, ATTN: Motor Carriers COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Pennsylvania


Description: Pennsylvania 20200306-COVID19-Digital-Proclamation
Effective: 03/06/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Rhonde Island


Description: Based on this declaration the Division of Motor Vehicle s hereby exercises its authority, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 31- 2-28. to extend
Effective: 03/23/2020 | Expires on: All Rhode Island window tint med icl condition exemption certificates set to expire between March 1, 2020 and March 31. 2020 shall now expire on April 30, 2020


Puerto Rico


Description: PR Declaration of Emergency
Effective: 03/15/2020 | Expires on: TBD


South Carolina


Description: South Carolina Declaration 2020-03-19 FILED Executive Order No. 2020-11 - Additional Emergency Measures Regulatory Relief re COVID-19
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: shall remain in effect for the duration of the State of Emergency unless otherwise modified, amended, or rescinded by subsequent Order.


South Dakota


Description: South Dakota 2020-06 - General - Executive Orders
Effective: 03/22/2020 | Expires on: 03/28/2020


Description: South Dakota General - Executive Orders 2020-004
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order shall be in effect immediately and shall continue for thirty (30) days until expiration on April 12, 2020, unless sooner terminated or extended in writing.


Description: South Dakota 20200313 - General - Executive Orders (003)
Effective: 03/13/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order shall be in effect 12:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 15 and shall continue until 11 :59 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, unless sooner terminated or extended in writing; and,


Utah


Description: Tennessee exec-orders-lee15
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: This Order shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m., Central Daylight Time, on May 18, 2020, at which time the suspension of any state laws and rules shall cease and be of no further force or effect.


Utah


Description: Utah-Proclamation-No.-2020-1
Effective: 03/06/2020 | Expires on: TBD


Vermont


Description: Vermont GUBERNATORIAL DIRECTIVE TO THE VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
Effective: 03/18/2020 | Expires on: This Directive shall take effect upon signing and shall continue in full force and effect until April 6, 2020, at which time the Governor, in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety/Division of Emergency Management and the Department of Motor Vehicles shall assess the emergency and determine whether to amend or extend this Directive.


Virginia


Description: VA Waiver for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies or providing emergency restoration of infrastructure services. (Amendment) 3_23_20
Effective: 03/19/2020 | Expires on: The exemption shall not exceed the duration of the motor carrier's or drivers direct assistance in providing emergency relief.


Description: VA Governor Northam 3 12 2020 Declaration-of-a-State-of-Emergency-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)
Effective: 03/12/2020 | Expires on: This Executive Order shall be effective March 12, 2020, and shall remain in full force and in effect until June 10, 2020 unless sooner amended or rescinded by further executive order.


Washington


Description: State 0f Washington DOE 20-07: Proclamation by the Governor Amending Proclamations 20-05 & 20-06
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: shall remain in effect until midnight on March 31, 2020 , unless extended beyond that date.


Washington DC


Description: Washington DC_Memo_3_20_20
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: This waiver is in effect until further notice.


Description: Washington DC MO.DeclarationofPublicEmergency03-11-20
Effective: 03/11/2020 | Expires on: This Order shall remain in effect until fifteen (15) days after its effective date, unless earlier rescinded or superseded.


Wisconsin


Description: Wisconsin emergency relief
Effective: 03/14/2020 | Expires on: Except as provided in this order, all other applicable state and federal laws remain in full force and effect. The Secretary of the Department of Transportation may suspend, alter, or amend the permit as necessary.


Wyoming


Description: Wyoming EO 2020-3
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: Be it further ordered, this Executive Order shall expire upon the conclusion of the emergency, but no later thanmidnight, April 12, 2020.


Description: Wyoming Memo 3/20/20
Effective: 03/20/2020 | Expires on: This extension shall remain in effect for the duration of the declared emergency or until further notice, whichever comes first.


Description: Wyoming Highway Patrol
Effective: 03/16/2020 | Expires on: This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency or until 11:59 p.m. on April 12th, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.


 

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.

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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Last updated: Friday, March 27, 2020