Renewing Your CDL in Georgia
Driving a commercial vehicle comes with many responsibilities, but near the top of the list is keeping a valid commercial driver’s license. Make sure you stay out on the road by renewing your CDL before it expires through the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
Read on to learn the ins and outs of the process before heading in.
Georgia CDL Renewal Eligibility
Georgia commercial driver’s licenses are valid for a period of 8 years unless you are a HAZMAT-endorsed driver OR hold a restricted Class B license. HAZMAT endorsed CDLs are valid for 5 years and expire along with your Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security clearance.
HAZMAT CDL Holders
To renew your CDL, you’ll have to complete a TSA fingerprint-based threat assessment. For instructions, jump over to our HAZMAT endorsement guide.
If you certify as a non-excepted interstate or intrastate driver, you must keep a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (Form MCSA-5876) on file with the DDS. Your examination must be performed by a certified medical examiner. For information and instructions on submitting your certificate, check out our page on Georgia CDL medical requirements.
How to Renew Your Georgia CDL
Renew your Georgia commercial driver’s license by visiting your local DDS office and providing your:
- Completed CDL application.
- Fill it out online beforehand using the DDS web portal. Your online form will stay valid for 45 days after you complete it. The DDS can also provide you with one at the office.
- Documents that prove your:
- Legal U.S. presence.
- Georgia residency.
- The DDS has a complete list of acceptable documents.
- Payment for the $32 CDL renewal fee.
You’ll take a vision exam, so bring your glasses or contacts with you if you use corrective lenses.
If you have a HAZMAT endorsement, you’ll have to pass a written knowledge test to renew your CDL. If you wish to add an endorsement, there is a $5 fee per endorsement you want to add.