The Department of Public Safety announced today they will begin to implement a temporary extension for CDL holders who have been downgraded due to failure to timely submit an updated medical examiner certificate or complete a self-certification form.
The temporary extension will allow applicants to have the downgrade of their CDL removed while giving them until December 31, 2014 to successfully complete all required examinations for their specific class of license. This temporary extension does not waive any applicable fees or any requirements necessary to be issued a new license or maintain a current CDL.
DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson stated that he “deeply appreciated the efforts by the personnel assigned to the CDL Division who identified an alternative to allow affected CDL drivers more time to comply with the federal requirement.”
Governor Mary Fallin thanked the department and Commissioner Michael Thompson for quickly addressing the situation.
“CDL holders are drivers who provide essential services to the state as well as to businesses," said Fallin. "I appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Thompson and his department to accommodate their needs and grant an extension while they work to submit their required paperwork."
Anyone affected by this may contact DPS Driver License Help Desk at (405) 425-2020 and will temporarily have their license upgraded to their previous CDL, (prior to the downgrade) once they provide a self-certification affidavit and/or medical card. If they self-certify as non-excepted interstate, they must also provide a current copy of their medical examiner’s certificate.