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  • Renewing Your CDL in New York

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    General Info

    An original commercial driver license from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles expires on your birthday. You must certify that you meet federal medical requirements to drive commercial vehicles. Additionally, holders of H or X endorsements must pass the hazardous materials written test during the before renewing their CDL.

    The DMV will send you a renewal notice about 50 days before your license expires, but you are allowed to renew it up to 1 year before the expiration date.

    The renewal fee for a Class A, B, or Class C commercial license is either $164.50 or $180.50, regardless of how you renew.

    Should you wish to add endorsements to your license at the time you renew, you can take the required knowledge (written) tests at the local DMV office if you renew in person, and pay the applicable fees.

    Renewing in Person

    The only method you can use to renew your CDL if you want a new photo or if you have changed your address, is in person. If you received a renewal notice in the mail, complete the renewal application form that was included.

    Bring the form to your local DMV office, where can take the required vision test. You will need to certify that you meet federal medical requirements, and if you hold a hazmat endorsement, you will pay an additional $5 fee and take the hazardous materials knowledge test. Your new photo CDL will arrive in the mail in at least 2 weeks.

    Renewing by Mail

    Because the DMV requires proof that you've passed a vision test, renewing by mail necessitates the extra step of having an eye care professional fill out Form MV-619, an eye test report, on your behalf.

    Note that those with hazmat endorsements must take the hazardous materials written test, so those drivers should renew their licenses in person at the DMV.

    Send all the forms, certificates, and the renewal fee to the address on your renewal notice.

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