Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Medical Certification Requirements

Certification Categories

Federal regulations require that anyone holding or applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) or commercial learner's permit (CIP) certify to one of the four following categories of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation: (1) excepted interstate; (2) excepted intrastate; (3) non-excepted interstate; and (4) non-excepted intrastate. Certification to either an "excepted intrastate" or "non-excepted intrastate" operation will require that an Intrastate Only restriction of "K" be placed on the CDL or CIP.

To help you determine which category best fits your commercial vehicle operation, refer to CDL Medical Requirements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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Medical Examiner Requirement

CDL drivers who certify to either a "non-excepted interstate" or "non-excepted intrastate" category of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation must have their physical examination completed by a medical examiner who is listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA's) National Registry of Medical Examiners.

If you have a medical examination certificate that was completed prior to the May 21, 2014 deadline by an examiner not listed on the National Registry of Medical Examiners, it will be valid until its expiration date. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not accept any medical examination certificates completed on or after May 21, 2014, unless it was completed by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry and the certificate displays the medical examiner’s registry number.

For more information on how to locate a medical examiner who is on the Registry, refer to the National Registry of Medical Examiners.

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For Existing CDL and Commercial Learner's Permit Holders

If you hold a CDL or a commercial learner's permit that was issued prior to January 29, 2012, you must provide DMV with your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Self Certification form (DL 8) and if applicable, any medical documentation (i.e. medical examiner's certificate, also known as a DOT Medical Card, medical variance/waiver/skill performance evaluation certificate (SPE)).

Existing CDL and commercial learner's permit holders will be notified by mail of the new CDL certification and medical requirements. Included in the letter is a FAQ sheet and a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Self Certification form (DL 8).

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If Applying for an Original, Renewal, or Replacement CDL/Commercial Learner's Permit

If you are applying for an original, renewal, or replacement CDL/commercial learner's permit, you must certify on your application to one of the four categories of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations listed above. Based on your certification category, you may be required to submit additional medical documentation.

Failure to meet these conditions will cause your application to be denied.

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Submitting Your Documentation

Prior to submission, please make sure that the information on your medical document(s) is legible, clear and complete. For your convenience and use as a guide, DMV has provided you with a template of the two most commonly submitted medical examiner's certificates.

DMV is now accepting CDL medical certification document(s) by

Upload Online

If you are a trucking company submitting medical certification document(s) on behalf of your drivers, please use the submission options listed above.

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Additional Information

For more information, please review the CDL Medical Requirements Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact us.

You can obtain a Department of Transportation medical examiner's certificate (also known as a DOT physical examination form) at Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness. This form should be completed by a licensed medical examiner.

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