Farmers may need a calendar to track extensions and due dates for driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.
Recently, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White extended until Feb. 1 the expiration date for driver’s licenses that expired and others expiring as late as Jan. 31.
Rodney Knittel, Illinois Farm Bureau assistant director of transportation and infrastructure, stressed White’s extension doesn’t apply to all driver’s licenses.
“This extension is not the same for a commercial driver’s license (CDL), a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) and medical cards for those members who are required to have them,” Knittel said.
Knittel explained the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees CDL, CLP, and Medical Card rules. A FMCSA waiver for a CDL extends until Dec. 31 for CDLs due to be renewed on or after March 1.
Likewise, the FMCSA waiver for a CLP extends until Dec. 31 for CLPs due to be renewed on or after March 1 — and do not require those CLP holders to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests.
Individuals who have a medical card will need to check the expiration date of proof of their valid medical certification or medical variance.
If the proof of their valid medical certification or medical variance expired on or after March 1 but before June 1, the FMCSA waiver requirement for those CDL or CLP holders is waived until Oct. 31, according to Knittel. But if the proof of a valid medical certification or medical variance expired on or after June 1, the requirement is waived until Dec. 31, he noted. If a CDL or CLP driver does not provide proof of a valid medical certification by those dates, the Illinois secretary of state will change the driver’s status to not certified and downgrade his or her license, Knittel said.
Consider expired vehicle registrations.
The secretary of state extended until Nov. 1 the due date for vehicle registrations that expire by Sept. 30, Knittel said. Vehicle registrations that expire after Sept. 30 will be due on a regular schedule.
During the pandemic and closing of secretary of state offices, not all truck registration reminders were mailed. Knittel suggested vehicle owners may want to consider registering for an email renewal notice. “It eliminates the possibility of the notice being misplaced,” he added. For information, click here.
Email renewal is a one-time registration process that allows vehicle owners to receive email notices highlighting their vehicle’s upcoming expiration date. To register with the secretary of state for that program, vehicle owners will need their assigned registration identification and PIN numbers that can be found on their current vehicle registration card.
The registration identification and PIN numbers are located on the renewal notice received either in the mail or by email. If a vehicle owner doesn’t have a renewal notice, call the Secretary of State’s Public Inquiry Division at 800-252-8980 for your registration ID and PIN. Callers will be asked to identify themselves by giving the license plate number and last vehicle address given to the secretary of state.