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Regulatory Guidance

Welcome to the FMCSA Guidance Portal. This web portal is a searchable, indexed database that contains and links to all guidance documents in effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The guidance documents contained herein lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract, and are not meant to bind the public in any way. The guidance documents are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

To comment on any guidance document, or to request issuance, reconsideration, modification, or rescission of any guidance document in accordance with 49 CFR 5.41, send your request to: FMCSAguidance@dot.gov. Please identify the guidance document in your request.

Subject Agency Identifier Topic Issued Date
Part 390 § 390.23 Relief from regulations What does a driver need to do when returning to normal operations after operating under an emergency declaration? FMCSA-RG-390.23-FAQ021 Emergency Declarations
Part 390 § 390.23 Relief from regulations Are loads that include supplies related to direct assistance under the emergency declaration mixed with other, un-related materials covered under an emergency declaration? FMCSA-RG-390.23-FAQ016 Emergency Declarations
Part 390 § 390.23 Relief from regulationsIs the driver required to use a paper logbook or ELD when providing direct assistance under an emergency declaration? FMCSA-RG-390.23-FAQ019 Emergency Declarations
Part 390 § 390.23 Relief from regulations Is the time spent driving to pick up a truck regulated as on duty time? FMCSA-RG-390.23-FAQ024 Emergency Declarations
§380.600 – Compliance date for training requirements for entry-level drivers Guidance Q&A Question 7: What data will be made available to State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to assist them in confirming that drivers have completed required training? FMCSA-ELDT-380.600-Q007 Commercial Driver License; Entry level Driver Training
A person is transported to a hospital from the scene of a commercial motor vehicle traffic accident. In one situation, the person undergoes observation or a “checkup. Is this considered “medical treatment,” making the CMV occurrence an “accident” for purp FMCSA-RG-390.5T-FAQ027 “Medical treatment” that triggers “accident” classification
May a motor carrier create an accident register of its own, or is there a specified form that must be used? FMCSA-RG-390.15-Q001 Format of accident register
Section § 385.415: What operational requirements apply to the transportation of a hazardous material for which a permit is required? FMCSA-HMSP-385.415-Q001 Hazardous Materials Safety Permits
Is a driver training school required to keep a driver qualification file on each student? FMCSA-DQ-391.51-Q002 Driver qualification files
May a motor carrier create an accident register of its own, or is there a specified form that must be used? FMCSA-RG-390.15-Q001 Format of accident register