Ask a Trooper: Those with expired health card could get citation

Published 8:09 am Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Question: What is the penalty for an expired health card while driving a commercial vehicle such as a semi?

Answer: A current health card is required for vehicles over 10,000 pounds.  If the driver’s health card is expired, the driver would be subject to a citation. The driver could be allowed to continue their delivery if the health card is the only citation issued at the traffic stop. If the driver is stopped again before the health card is current, the driver would be placed out-of-service until the health card is valid and could receive another citation.

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober.  Help us drive Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths.

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If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848.  (Or reach him at,