Renewing Your CDL in Maryland
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Renew Your CDL
To renew your commercial driver license (CDL), you must appear in person at a full-service Motor Vehicle Administration office.
Along with your expiring license, you may be asked to provide a current (and valid) copy of your Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F)
The final step in the process is the successful passing of a vision check. You take this regardless of how good the medical card claims your eyes to be.
The fee for the renewal is $50.
The Hazmat Factor
Owning a hazardous materials (hazmat)endorsement allows you to take on often risky (but high-paying) trucking jobs, but when it comes to extending the benefit each year, you must go through some hoops. Regardless of how many times you have taken the hazmat test and undergone a federal background check, if you want to keep the endorsement then you will have to go through the process again every time you renew.
There are only a few MVA offices that handle hazmat duties, and none on a walk-in basis, either. Schedule an appointment on the MVA website.
MVA Hazmat Office Locations
- Glen Burnie
- Bel Air
On the day of the appointment you will first meet with MVA personnel who will evaluate and update your renewal application electronically. You do not need to fill out the application and get fingerprinting beforehand, but it is always a good idea to be aware of what information you will be asked to provide.
After the process is complete, you will be volleyed over to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) for fingerprinting and the background check. It may take anywhere from three to six weeks for the check to come back, at which time you will either receive your endorsement or be required to relinquish your license.
New Federal Requirements
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Maryland MVA. 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 MVA with a federal medical certificate.
Submit a completed self-certification application by:
- Faxing to (410) 787-7959
- Scanning the application and e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mailing to:
- Maryland MVA
- Attn: CDL Med Cert
- 6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
- Room 145
- Glen Burnie, MD 21062