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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

State Emergency Declarations by State


Description Effective Expires on
Alabama: State of Emergency by Proclamation 06172017 06/20/2017 07/20/2017


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


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


Description Effective Expires on
Declaration of Emergency; Proclamation Number 77 JBE 2017 06/17/2017 07/16/2017


Description Effective Expires on
A Proclamation, May 1, 2017, State of Emergency in the State of Mississippi 05/01/2017 TBD


Description Effective Expires on
State Of Montana - Executive Order No. 5-2017 06/23/2017 TBD


Description Effective Expires on
State of Nebraska Office of the Governor Lincoln Executive Order No. 17-03: Hours of Service 06/22/2017 TBD


Description Effective Expires on
State of Oklahoma Declare that there is a State of Emergency - 05-01-2017 05/01/2017 TBD


Description Effective Expires on
Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Response to Pending Winter Storm 03/13/2017 TBD

South Dakota

Description Effective Expires on
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-06 WHEREAS, Widespread drought conditions, low humidity, and high temperatures have created serious peril for our state; and; ... 16/06/2017 12/16/2017
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017
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