Renewing Your CDL in Louisiana
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A CDL is good for four years in LA. Once you receive your renewal notice in the mail, head to your local CDL Renewal Office and take:
- Your CDL Physical Exam Form
- Your current valid CDL
- Proof of liability insurance on your current personal vehicles
- The appropriate fees
You can renew your CDL up to 180 days before it's due to expire.
Online or Mail
Note that Louisiana doesn't allow online or mail renewals.
If you allow your CDL to expire for more than 10 days, you'll be charged a $15 fee. However, being caught operating a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL is a serious crime that could result in the revocation of your CDL privileges.
If you're seeking to keep your hazardous materials (hazmat) endorsement, you'll need to retest at the time of CDL renewal. This can be done at your local full service CDL Issuing Office.
Your federal hazmat background check expires every five years. To renew this, you will have to submit to a new background investigation and fingerprinting through the TSA. This costs $89.25.
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety (DPS) by January 2014. 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 DPS with a federal medical certificate.
For more CDL-related information, visit our FAQ section for commercial drivers.
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