Renewing Your CDL in Idaho

Getting your commercial driver’s license (CDL)the first time around may have been time consuming and tedious, but, luckily, renewing it won’t be. The process for renewing your CDL through the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is simple.

Continue reading to make sure that you have everything you need before heading to the DMV.

Idaho CDL Eligibility Requirements

Commercial driver’s licenses in Idaho usually need to be renewed every 4 years but, in some cases, this may vary. The expiration date of your CDL can be found on your card, though you can always check with your local DMV office if you are unsure.

Before renewing an ID CDL, you must:

  • Make sure that you comply with federal medical requirements. Check out our section on medical requirements below to learn what you need to do to self certify.
  • Renew your HAZMAT endorsement, if applicable. Click down to our section on HAZMAT endorsements this process applies to you.

How to Renew Your ID CDL

Here are a few important things to know about renewing your Idaho CDL:

  • CDL renewals must be done in person.
  • The DMV should already have your identity documents on file from the first time that you applied, so just make sure to bring your expiring CDL card. If you’re interested in knowing what identity documents were needed to apply, head over to our page on applying for a CDL in Idaho.
  • You will need to pay the required fees (See our section below on fees for a detailed breakdown).

Once you renew, you might be given a temporary CDL before receiving the new one in the mail. You can check with the Idaho DMV to learn the timeline of receiving your renewed commercial driver’s license.

ID HAZMAT Endorsement Renewals

Every time you renew your CDL*, you will need to:

  • Get cleared through a threat assessment by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) either online or at an application center.
    • You will also need to provide fingerprints at an application center. Sign up for an appointment online.
  • Pay the $86.50 fee for the background check.

You can choose to take the written test before getting cleared by the TSA, but your HAZMAT endorsement will say “pending” until it is processed with the State of Idaho.

To have your CDL with the H endorsement ready, you can take the written test the same day that you go in to renew your CDL. For more information on the HAZMAT process, visit our page on HAZMAT endorsements.

*NOTE: Although TSA background checks are valid for 5 years, the Idaho DMV requires you to go through the threat assessment process each time you renew your CDL, which is every 4 years.

CDL Medical Requirements

Every time you renew your Idaho CDL, self-certify by letting the DMV know what type of commercial driving you plan on doing. You can do this either at your county driver’s license office OR online through the DMV’s self-certification portal.

Depending on your self-certification, you may need to have a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (Form MCSA-5876) completed by an approved medical professional. For more information, see our page on applying for a CDL in Idaho.

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