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Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is coordinating with the following states that have Declared Emergency Declarations. We recommend you check each State's Web site and search for "Issued Emergency Declarations" if you are interested in more details. For those carriers or drivers interested in providing services or who need to understand FMCSA regulations, the following applies.


Emergency Declaration Information

To provide vital supplies and transportation services to a disaster area in the United States, emergency declarations may be issued by the President, Governors of States, or FMCSA. These declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations, including Hours of Service, for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort. See 49 CFR 390.23 for the actual emergency regulation.

Relief from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations is limited to a maximum of 30 days, unless extended by FMCSA itself.

The information below reflects currently available relief:

  1. Drivers responding to provide "direct assistance" to an "emergency" meeting the definitions in 49 CFR 390.5 and declared by FMCSA or a governor, are exempt from applicable regulations in all States on their route to the emergency , even though those States may not be involved in the emergency or stated in the declaration of emergency.
  2. These exemptions, when in effect, only apply to 49 CFR Parts 390-399. They do NOT exempt drivers/carriers from the requirements relating to CDL, drug/alcohol, hazardous materials, size & weight, or State/Federal registration and tax requirements. (However, a Governor's Declaration may add some of those exemptions—read the declaration for details.)
  3. Even if an Emergency Declaration is still in effect, the emergency must be on-going and you must be providing direct emergency assistance in order to be exempt from safety regulations.
  4. The list of Emergency Declarations below may not be complete. Declarations may be in effect even if not listed here. Read the declaration itself for all details.
  5. There is no requirement to carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle unless stated so in the declaration itself.
  6. Drivers and carriers should coordinate with State emergency officials before providing assistance. State regulations regarding size and weight, permits, taxes, etc. may not have been waived.
  7. Even though safety regulations may be suspended, drivers and carriers are expected to use good judgment and not operate vehicles with fatigued or ill drivers, or under any conditions presenting a clear hazard to other motorists using the highways.

Federal Emergency Declarations by Service Center

Western Service Center

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The Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration in the States of South Dakota,North Dakota and Montana under the provisions of 49 CFR§ 390.23 from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations(FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. 7/26/20178/26/2017

State Emergency Declarations by State


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Governor Brown Issues Emergency Order to Help Response to Situation at Oroville Dam 02/12/2017TBA


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Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency: Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 28-9, until further notice.03/13/2017TBD


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State of Florida Executive Order Number 17-20407/31/201709/30/2017


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Providing for Emergency Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota Transporting Forage07/31/201708/14/2017


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A Proclamation, May 1, 2017, State of Emergency in the State of Mississippi05/01/2017TBD


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State Of Montana - Executive Order No. 5- 201706/23/2017TBD


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Executive Order No. 17-06: Continuation of emergency relief for damage caused by drought in North Dakota, South Dakota, & Montana 08/02/201709/01/2017
State of Nebraska Office of the Governor Lincoln Executive Order No. 17-05: Emergency Relief for Damage Caused by Drought in North Dakota & South Dakota07/12/201708/09/2017
State of Nebraska Office of the Governor Lincoln Executive Order No. 17-03: Hours of Service06/22/2017TBD

North Carolina

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State of North Carolina 2017-EO12: Damage to a Main Transmission Line07/27/2017TBD
State of North Carolina 2017-EO13: Temporary Suspension of Motor Vehicle Regulations to Ensure Restoration of Utility Services and Transporting Essentials07/27/201708/26/2017

North Dakota

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State of North Dakota Executive Order 2017- 0807/12/2017TBD


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State of Oklahoma Declare that there is a State of Emergency - 05-01-201705/01/2017TBD


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Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Response to Pending Winter Storm03/13/2017TBD

South Dakota

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-06 WHEREAS, Widespread drought conditions, low humidity, and high temperatures have created serious peril for our state; and; ...06/16/201712/16/2017
Updated: Friday, August 4, 2017
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