New rule allows states to issue one-year commercial learner’s permits

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon allow states to issue commercial learner’s permits for up to one year instead of the current six-month limit with the option to renew the permit for another six months. In a Federal Register notice to be published Friday, FMCSA says the new rule is not a requirement for states, but rather an option instead of the six-month CLP. If states issue a CLP for less than one year, the CLP may be renewed at the state’s discretion, but if it is renewed, the permit can only be valid for a total of one year from the original issue date.