PennDOT: New law updates CDL licensing requirements

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Tuesday that a newly enacted state law will extend the validity period of a commercial learner’s permit and help prevent human trafficking through severe penalties on commercial drivers or those who wish to obtain a license.

Act 131 of 2020 extends the validity period of a commercial learner’s permit from 180 days to one year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently changed regulations to allow a jurisdiction the choice of the 180-day commercial learner’s permit with an additional 180-day extension or a one-year commercial learner’s permit. This section of the law went into effect on May 23.

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“This law helps ensure commercial drivers have adequate time to prepare for their commercial driving test while also addressing punishment for a serious crime,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.

For more information on Driver and Vehicle Services, visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

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