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) Medical Examiner Certificate (Form MCSA-5876) , 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 Report (Form 649-F)

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.

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