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How to Renew

Every 4 years, you'll need to make a trip to a deputy registrar's office to renew your Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

Your license will expire on your birthday. (If you're under 21 years old, your license will expire on your 21st birthday, regardless of when you initially received it.) You'll have up to 6 months after your birthday to renew your license without having to retake any examinations, providing you've had a clean driving record (see details below) preceding your renewal request.

If you're in the clean-driver category, all you'll have to do is:

  • Pass the vision test
  • Provide any updated information
  • Pay the renewal fee

License or Endorsement Upgrades

If you want to upgrade your license, you'll also need to pass all of the additional testing requirements that may be needed, such as a written or driving test. You may be asked to retake a medical exam. If you want to either retain or upgrade a hazardous materials endorsement, you'll have to pass the written test.

License Already Expired?

Now, if you wait until after 6 months from your birthday to apply for your renewal, you'll have to retake both the CDL written and skills tests. The same goes for if you've been convicted of any of the following the period before your renewal:

  • Speeding ticket while driving a commercial vehicle.
  • Reckless operation offense.
  • Traffic offense that results in a fatal accident.
  • Any traffic offense that is deemed serious by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

You'll also need to certify that in the preceding period you:

  • Have held only one license.
  • Have not had any license suspended, revoked, or canceled.
  • Have not had any violations connected with a traffic accident while operating a commercial vehicle.
  • Have not been in an accident in which you were at fault while operating a commercial vehicle.
  • Have not been guilty of any of the disqualification offenses described in Ohio Revised Code 4506.16.

New Federal Requirements

You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Ohio BMV. 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 BMV with a federal medical certificate.

Submit a completed self-certification application (Form BMV 2159) by:

  • Faxing to: (614) 308-5181
  • E-mailing to: cdl@dps.state.oh.us
  • Delivering to any BMV office
  • Mailing to:
    • Ohio BMV
    • CDL/Out of State Processing
    • P.O. Box 16784
    • Columbus, OH 43216

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