Ducey, ADOT ease process to get commercial driver’s license
PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation and Gov. Doug Ducey said last week they are easing the process for getting a commercial driver’s license in an effort to help address the nationwide supply chain crisis.
“We are working to make sure commercial drivers and Arizona families have the support they need this holiday season,” Ducey said in a press release. “Prices are rising and commercial drivers are under an incredible amount of stress as they transport goods.”
Some regulatory changes have been made, such as ADOT’s extension of CDLs to authorized third party providers.
Commercial drivers will also be able to keep their CDL past the date that the person’s medical certification is required until Feb. 28, 2022, Ducey said.
Using advanced technology, the Medical Examiner Certificate submission process will receive upgrades to allow handwritten MECs to be processed digitally.
In order to supply relief for deliveries during the holiday season, two rest stops serving the public and commercial drivers at Parks (Interstate 40) and Christiansen (Interstate 17) reopened last week through Jan. 18, the governor announced in a press release.
The executive order stated the supply chain crisis has led to shortages of raw materials and manufactured goods — such as metal products, plastic and cardboard — on a historically high level.
The state will also launch the Arizona Transportation Consultancy Project, which will allow ADOT to work with other states to adopt similar improvements.