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Renewing Your CDL in South Carolina

How to Renew

Renewal of your South Carolina Commercial Driver's License (CDL) must be done in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You will need to provide the appropriate forms of identification showing your name, date of birth, Social Security number as well as proof of residency and citizenship.

The fee to renew your CDL is $12.50 and $15 for the application. Additional fees may apply if you are required to take any tests.

Adding Endorsements

You must take written and skills tests for each endorsement you wish to add. Each test costs $2.

Note that if you wish to add a hazmat endorsement, you will need to undergo background and fingerprint checks. Please refer to our Applying for a New CDL section for details.

Medical Requirements

You will need to pass an annual physical, meeting the medical requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration and filling out a Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F). Your doctor may or may not be approved to give CDL physicals, so check with the office when you get ready to schedule an appointment.

New Federal Requirements

You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with South Carolina's 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, in addition to a completed self-certification Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Holders Medical Certification Requirements (Form DL-405A) provide the DMV with a federal medical certificate.

Questions? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website provides detailed information.

Forms

CDL Medical Certification & Frequently Asked Questions - DL-405A

Submit to the SC Department of Motor Vehicles to self-certify as an excepted OR non-excepted interstate OR intrastate commercial driver.

Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination - 649-F

Turn in this medical exam report as part of applying for your commercial driver's license in South Carolina. Must be completed by a physician.

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