Renewing Your CDL in Kentucky

How to Renew

Once you receive your renewal notice in the mail, simply head to your county's Circuit Court Clerk's office with your DOT Medical Certificate (Form 649-F) and the basic renewal fee of $88. REAL ID CDL licenses and those with endorsements will pat additional fees.

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)

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.

For general questions, contact the Transportation Security Agency or visit the Kentucky Security Threat Association.

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:

For information regarding adding other endorsements, changing your current class of license, or dropping restrictions, visit our FAQ section for commercial drivers.


Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
A medical professional must complete this medical examination form when you apply for your KY commercial driver's license.
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