Renewing Your CDL in Massachusetts
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Renewing your Massachusetts CDL is a lot easier than obtaining it. It's good for five years and expires on your birthday. With a CDL, you are required to renew in person at any full-service RMV office. The renewal fee is $75.
You cannot renew online. You will need to pass an eye exam, and a background check for motor vehicle violations or warrants nationwide, and pay for another five years for your CDL and any endorsements. You may also need to pass a physical exam.
School bus driver certificates are valid for one year. The requirements to renew include the following:
- Pass state and national background checks and driver record check
- Receive eight hours of in-service training
- Pass a physical exam
You must meet all of these requirements yearly in order to continue to be permitted to drive a school bus.
But it isn't just the nationwide check you have to worry about. Remember that the Massachusetts RMV is plugged into a statewide system that tracks any moving violations, parking tickets or arrest warrants issued anywhere in Massachusetts. The RMV also knows if you are delinquent in child support. If you owe on any of the above, you'll need to pay up and be able to show proof of payment before the RMV will process your license renewal.
The RMV doesn't accept payment for any of these violations. You'll need to pay parking tickets in the city or town where they were issued. Court warrants need to be dealt with at that court, while the state Department of Revenue handles child support payments.
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Massachusetts RMV 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 RMV with a federal medical certificate.
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