This message applies only to providers whose devices support telematics transfer; it does not impact ELDs that support only the local transfer option (Bluetooth and USB).
The Agency is in the process of procuring a new FMCSA ELD public certificate to replace the current certificate, which expires on August 6, 2020. The updated certificate will be in effect for three years.
What actions will providers need to take?
When the FMCSA ELD public certificate is updated, ELD providers will need to take the following actions:
Download the new FMCSA ELD public certificate. This will be available in the ELD Provider Portal, the logged-in section of the FMCSA ELD website just for ELD providers.
Update your device software to use the new FMCSA ELD public certificate, replacing the current FMCSA ELD public certificate.
- Once your software is updated, inform your customers and encourage them to accept the software update on their devices to avoid an interruption in service.
Update your device listing on FMCSA’s list of registered, self-certified ELDs to include the updated software version number, as well as any other necessary updates.
FMCSA will send an update to this email list when the new FMCSA ELD public certificate and supporting materials are available; this is currently scheduled for May 2020.
What is the deadline for these actions?
ELD providers must complete the update to the new FMCSA ELD public certificate by August 6, 2020, when the current certificate expires. If providers have not completed the certificate update on their telematics devices by this date, beginning August 7 these ELDs will not be able to transfer files via email, and the device will not be in compliance with the ELD rule.
ELD providers are strongly encouraged to complete the certificate update well in advance of the August 6 deadline to avoid any interruption in service to your customers.
Why is this change necessary?
The FMCSA ELD public certificate ensures that ELD output files submitted by email are encrypted in a secure method. This certificate is used:
- When an ELD transfers an ELD output file via the email data transfer method. The device encrypts the email using the FMCSA ELD public certificate.
- When ELD providers verify the signature on FMCSA’s response.
After August 6, if your device sends an email to the ELD Web Service with the expired FMCSA ELD public certificate attached, the email transfer will fail. Updating to the new FMCSA ELD public certificate is critical to keep all transfer methods working properly and keep your device in full compliance with the ELD rule.
What steps can ELD providers take today?
FMCSA will notify ELD providers via this email list when additional information is available to assist you in this certificate update process. If you were forwarded this email from another recipient, be sure to register as a user in the ELD Provider Portal as this will add you to our email list, as well as grant you access to the new FMCSA ELD public certificate information when it is available.
If you are already registered as a user, take this time to log in and make any necessary updates to your contact and account information to ensure you receive these and other time-sensitive updates from FMCSA.