Transportation Resources

Secretary of State’s Offices

Illinois Secretary of State’s offices are opening back up for business again closing some offices due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in Illinois. They will stay closed until at least December 7th. You can read more in their November 13 press release.

  • Driver’s license expirations are extended until June 1, 2021, including those with February – May 2021 expiration dates.
  • The driver’s license extension does not extend to CDLs. The 18 locations that conduct CDL written and driving tests will remain open. 
  • License plate renewals are also not extended. 7 locations are open for drive through transactions.

Many transactions, including renewals, with the Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Current Regulatory Flexibilities - IDOT

  • The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that expiration dates for driver’s license and ID cards are being extended until February 1, 2021. This will include those that have already expired and those that will expire from now until January 31, 2021. This does not include vehicle registrations – those that expired before September 30th can be renewed until November 1st. This extension is NOT for CDL, Commercial Learners Permit (CLP), and Medical Cards (see section on FMCSA).
  • Between September 1 and December 31st, the Harvest Season Permit is available for state routes and some local certain jurisdictions. Read more about how to access that permit on our Harvest Permit webpage.

Current Regulatory Flexibilities – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the Modified Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002. This extension continues the exemption granted for hours of service rules, extending it through December 31, 2020. This declaration first began in March and has been modified in June and August. This extension addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies. The extension provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19 and is limited to transportation of:
    •  livestock and livestock feed,
    •  medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19,
    • supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, and
    • food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.

Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration. This extended exemption allows drivers and motor carriers that are hauling livestock feed and livestock, providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts, exempt from hours of service regulations outside of the normal 150 air-mile radius. Please see the FMCSA website for further details related to this exemption and fatigued driving.

  • The CDL, Commercial Learners Permit, and Medical cards fall under the jurisdiction of the FMCSA, and holders have been given flexibilities due to COVID.
    • CDL: A waiver for renewals has been granted until December 31st for CDLs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020.
    • CLP: A waiver for renewals has been granted until December 31st for CLPs due for renewal on or after March 1, 2020, without requiring the CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
    • Medical cards: For those that have a medical card, the FMCSA waiver for CDL or CLP holders who have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after March 1, 2020 but before June 1, 2020, the requirement is waived until October 31, 2020.

For CDL or CLP holders who have proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance that expired on or after June 1, 2020, the requirement is waived until December 31, 2020. If a CDL or CLP driver does not provide proof of a valid medical certification by these dates the SOS will change your status to not certified and downgrade your license.

Other Transportation Announcements

(June 29, 2020) The Illinois Department of Transportation has discontinued overweight waivers as the state enters recovery stage. All loads must return to normal gross and axle weight limits.

(June 5, 2020) President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing agencies and executive departments to use emergency authorities to speed infrastructure investments that will strengthen the economy and return Americans to work on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the previous Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, this order will direct agencies to identify regulations that can be changed and/or temporary regulations that should be made permanent.  Specifically, the order will:

  • Direct federal agencies to use their emergency and other authorities to support and accelerate the Nation’s economic recovery and improve America’s infrastructure
  • Expedite construction of highways and other projects designed for environmental, energy, transportation, natural resource, and other uses
  • Expedite Civil Works projects under the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers
  • Instruct the Interior, Agriculture, and Defense Departments to use emergency and other authorities to accelerate projects on Federal lands
  • Continue the Administration’s efforts to reform burdensome and outdated bureaucratic processes that prevent projects from moving forward
  • Rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure after decades of neglect due to political inaction, poor resource allocation, and a broken permitting process

The Order also outlines emergency regulations and procedures impacting implementation of the Endangered Species Act (Section 7), National Environmental Policy Act (Section 6) and the Clean Water Act (Section 8).

 

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