West Virginia to Downgrade CDL’s with Expired Medical Card

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9 Feb 2021

West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles published a notice on February 4, 2021 the state will automatically downgrading Commercial Driver’s License (CDLs) who have an expired Medical Evaluation Certificate (MEC) on March 1, 2021.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted a number of extensions for expired medical cards during COVID-19 since clinics were not conducting physical examinations. Before the pandemic, expired medical cards caused CDLs to be automatically expired after 30 days. Now that clinics are seeing patients and performing examinations, West Virginia begin enforcing the downgrade again.

Any driver that has a MEC expired before September 20, 2020, will automatically be downgraded on March 1, 2021. If a driver does not have an updated med card, they need to get one by February 28, 2021 to stay in compliance. If a CDL holder is downgraded due to an expired MEC, that person cannot legally operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).

CDL holders can provide updated MEC’s to the WVDMV by any of the three following methods:

For more information on how Lee Trans can help with managing expirations, as well as submission of medical cards, call us at (936) 632-1925 or email sales@leetrans.com.