Online CDL Renewal Coming to Idaho in July

Legislation Is Part of Gov. Brad Little's Mission to Reduce Bureaucracy
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Truckers in Idaho will be able to renew their commercial driver licenses online starting in July as a new law to reduce bureaucratic red tape takes effect.

The new law “will provide additional customer convenience by assisting the trucking industry in the efficient credentialing of its drivers, reducing unnecessary traffic in local county DMV offices,” according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

House Bill 9 was introduced by the Transportation and Defense Committee to amend a law to enable electronic renewal of CDLs. At the same time, the new law clarifies that the Idaho State Tax Commission can share residency information with the Idaho Transportation Department for driver licensing due to federal requirements for CDL renewals.

Sailing unopposed through both the House and Senate, the legislation was signed by Gov. Brad Little to take effect July 1.

Idaho CMV permits

Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles 

The new DMV online CDL renewal will have no fiscal impact on the state’s coffers since the DMV already was able to handle the electronic process. The legislation was part of the governor’s mission to reduce bureaucracy and consistent with his Executive Order No. 2019-02 Red Tape Reduction Act.

“Idaho’s Administrative Code has grown to 736 chapters, totaling more than 8,200 pages and containing more than 72,000 restrictions,” the act stated, adding that “excessive regulation at all levels of government can impose high costs on businesses, inhibit job growth and impede private sector investment.”

According to the governor’s office, Idaho has cut or simplified 95% of regulations, transforming its administrative code since he took office in 2019.

“We’ve taken other steps since then to ensure Idaho regulations remain streamlined, user-friendly and easy to understand. Gov. Little’s Zero-Based Regulation initiative will continue to eliminate red tape moving forward while maintaining safety,” stated an Office of the Governor’s website link called “Cutting Red Tape”

The act mandates that the state division of financial management produce an annual report to the governor’s office that outlines progress made in eliminating burdensome regulations and streamlining state government.

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