Renewing Your CDL in Arizona
To renew your commercial driver's license (CDL) with the Arizona Department of Transportation, you must make an appointment at a Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) CDL office and appear in person.
If your CDL is still current, you will not need to take a written test―unless you want to maintain your hazardous materials endorsement. Instead, you will merely have to fill out a renewal form, submit a current Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical Examination Form, and pay the renewal fee to keep your license valid:
- Class A renewal: $15
- Class B renewal: $15
- Class C renewal: $10
- Hazmat endorsement written test: $10
If your CDL expires before you renew it, you need to apply for a new CDL.
You may also need to have a new medical examination.
Renewal of Endorsements
If you are adding a new endorsement of any kind while renewing your CDL, you will have to take the appropriate written test. You will even have to take a written test to renew an existing hazmat endorsement. That's right: While applicants for a new endorsement must be tested, those who already have a hazmat endorsement also need to retake the written test every time they renew.
Furthermore, those with a hazmat endorsement must have an up-to-date background check on file with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for their renewal to be approved. You'll apply for a background check periodically just as you did for your initial hazmat endorsement when you first applied for a new CDL.
Hazmat Background Records Check
The TSA requires that you undergo a background check every 5 years while you maintain your hazmat endorsement.
If you fail the background check or no longer qualify for a hazmat endorsement, it is your responsibility to visit an MVD CDL office to surrender your endorsement. However, you are permitted to maintain your CDL.