Renewing Your CDL in Alaska
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Your commercial driver’s license may have been tedious to acquire, and unfortunately they don’t last forever. Before your CDL expires, you’ll need to go through a renewal process with the Alaska’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to keep it current.
If you need to renew your commercial driver’s license, don’t wait until it’s too late. Read on for the information you need to complete this process.
CDL Renewal Eligibility
In Alaska, you’re allowed to renew your commercial driver’s license as early as 1 year before the expiration date. If you are not sure when your CDL is going to expire, make sure that you contact the DMV at (855) 269-5551 ahead of time so you don’t miss the deadline. Prepare in advance to:
- Renew the HAZMAT endorsement on your CDL (if you currently hold this endorsement). Every time you renew your HAZMAT endorsement you will need to:
- Have an updated Medical Examiner’s Certificate (Form MCSA-5876). See our section on Medical Requirements below for more information.
Renewing an Alaska CDL in Person
Alaska CDL renewals must be done in person*.
When you go to renew your commercial driver license in Alaska, there are a few things you need to get in order before doing so.
Even though you needed documents of identity when you applied for your initial CDL, we recommend checking with the DMV to see if you need any of the following again:
- A document to prove your U.S. citizenship or legal presence.
- Your Social Security number.
- Your current Alaska or out-of-state driver’s license.
You will need to pay all required fees. Contact the DMV for information about fees for renewing your CDL.
*NOTE: There’s a possibility you would be able to renew your CDL online, but only if you:
- Do not need to proof your legal status or citizenship.
- Are not adding or removing an endorsement.
- Do not have a HAZMAT endorsement.
- Are not changing your name.
If you are unsure about whether you can renew online, contact your local office for clarification.
Medical Requirements for AK CDLs
By law, all CDL holders are required to self-certify what type of commercial driving they will be doing. Depending on what you certify as, you may have to get a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (Form MCSA-5876).
Your certificate must be complete by a medical examiner from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. See our page on applying for a CDL in Alaska for more information on medical requirements.