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Are Canadian Armed Forces exempt from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), including the ELD requirements, if they have proper documentation when operating in the United States?

Yes, vehicles operated by the Canadian Armed Forces in the U.S. are not subject to the FMCSRs.  U.S. Federal, State and local enforcement personnel should not conduct driver/vehicle inspections on vehicles operated by Canadian Armed Forces provided:

  • the driver possesses an appropriate military personal identity card issued by Canada,
  • the driver possesses an individual or collective movement order,
  • the vehicle carries a registration number, and
  • the vehicle contains the distinctive nationality mark of Canada.  

Note that the exemption described above applies only to Canadian Armed Forces and not to contractor drivers or vehicles used by the Canadian Armed Forces. 

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Last Updated : February 13, 2018
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