Renewing Your CDL in Kentucky
How to Renew
Renewal must be done in person, and you will need to show identification.
HAZMAT Endorsement Renewal
If you're seeking to keep your hazardous materials (HAZMAT) endorsement, you'll need to retest at the time of CDL renewal.
Those who wish to renew their HAZMAT endorsement must undergo a fingerprint-based criminal background check. All CDL holders with the HAZMAT endorsement will get a notice from the DDL before the expiration.
You may also be asked to take a new Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F)
Call (888) 655-9655 to make an appointment with the Kentucky State Police.
In the event that the process isn't started in time, the endorsement holder may be able to have the application requirement waived. If this is the case for you, be prepared to provide one of the following:
- Returned mail entry posted on your driving record
- Copy of your log book showing evidence that you were unable to start the process because you were on the road at the time
- Notarized letter from your employer
Even if the application requirement is waived, you'll still be required to carry a valid CDL with the HAZMAT endorsement, as well as proof that the process has been started. You can do this by showing a copy of your receipt or an entry on your driving record.
New Federal Requirements
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Kentucky Division of Driver Licensing. 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 provide the Division of Driver Licensing with a federal medical certificate.
Submit a completed self-certification application by:
- Using the Kentucky CDL Document Portal
- Mailing to:
- Division of Driver Licensing
- 200 Mero St..
- Frankfort, KY 40622
For information regarding adding other endorsements, changing your current class of license, or dropping restrictions, visit our FAQ section for commercial drivers.