Renewing Your CDL in Alabama

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Renewal Time

Time to renew your commercial driver's license with the Alabama Department of Public Safety? As long as you don't transport hazardous materials, renewing your CDL every 4 years is simple. Just go to your local Driver License Division office to renew. You will not be given a test unless you are upgrading your license to a different class or adding an endorsement. The fee charged depends on the class of license you are renewing. Additional fees may apply to the following list, depending on your county, so you may want to call first:

  • $66.25 to renew a Class A license
  • $56.25 to renew a Class B license
  • $36.25 to renew a Class C license

If you are upgrading your class, you will need to take a skills test and pay a $20 testing fee.

Hazardous Materials

If you are transporting hazardous materials, you must take the following steps and pay the appropriate fees to renew your CDL:

  • Apply for a Hazmat endorsement.
  • Take the Hazmat test.
  • Undergo a fingerprint and background check.
  • Complete a Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F)

You can begin the application process for these checks online with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

New Federal Requirement

You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Alabama DPS. 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-certified application, provide the DPS with a federal medical certificate.

Submit your self-certification certificate online, or by completing an application and either faxing it to (334) 353-1980, or mailing it to:

  • Alabama Department of Public Safety
  • Driver License Division
  • CDL Unit
  • P.O. Box 1471
  • Montgomery, AL 36102

Questions? Visit Alabama's FAQ page for detailed information.


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

Medical exam your doctor must complete when you apply for an Alabama commercial driver's license.

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