Renewing Your CDL in Delaware
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Renewing your CDL is similar to renewing a regular driver's license in that testing, beyond the eye exam, is not required. However, certain endorsements do require written tests even at renewal time. A review of the Commercial Driver's Manual will help you with the endorsement categories.
Any upgrades to state or federal laws might mean a more involved renewal process. For example, if you have a hazardous materials endorsement you may be subject to a background check.
Where to Renew
You cannot renew online or even by mail. Your CDL can only be renewed at one of the DMV offices. Check the DMV hours before heading out to get your renewal; the DMV Offices are open late on Wednesdays for your convenience. The licensing offices are very busy so be sure to get there early.
Before your license expires the DMV will mail you a renewal reminder. Of course, you must have kept them informed of any address changes to be certain you receive your reminder card.
Most CDL licenses cost $48 for 8 years and some endorsement may cost more. CDL with a HAZMAT endorsement are not eligible to be valid for 8 years, only 5 years for a fee of $30. If you are adding endorsements or renewing endorsements, you may have to take written or road test. Adding an endorsement at renewal time is just like applying for a new CDL.
The DMV encourages you to renew before your license expires so you can avoid long lines and have a pleasant DMV experience.
Every driver is required to pass the eye screening exam.
If you fail the eye exam you will need to visit your doctor, correct the vision problem, and return to DMV with the Report of Visual Status.
You may also be required to have a new Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F) filled out when you renew. Ask your DMV office if this applies to you.
Driving with an expired license is against the law. You can be sure any Delaware police officer will ticket you for driving without a valid license.
Hazmat Background Check
Those with a hazmat endorsement must undergo a new TSA background check every 5 years. This means you may have to take care of the background check during years in which your CDL is still good.
This is not a renewal; you will have to undergo the background check the same way as you did initially. For more info, see the hazmat section in Applying for a New CDL, or call the TSA.
New Federal Requirements
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Delaware DMV. This means you must self-certify one of the following driving categories:
- Non-Excepted Interstate
- Excepted Interstate
- Non-Excepted Intrastate
- Excepted Intrastate
If you choose Non-Excepted Interstate, you must provide the DMV with a federal medical certificate.
Submit a completed self-certification application by:
- Faxing to: (302) 739-2602; Attention―CDL Department
- Mailing to:
- Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles
- Attn: CDL Department
- P.O. Box 698
- Dover, DE 19903