Renewing Your CDL in Nebraska

Although applying for your Nebraska CDL can seem like a complex process, renewing your license is surprisingly simple. In fact, many drivers can complete the entire renewal process in just a few minutes either in person or online, through the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

CDL Renewal Eligibility in NE

Nebraska commercial driver’s licenses are valid for 5 years*, unless you:

  • Are under 21 years old: Your CDL expires when you turn 21 years old.
  • Require the use of bioptic or telescopic lenses: Your CDL is valid for up to 2 years.

If you self-certify as a non-excepted interstate driver OR non-excepted intrastate driver, you’re required to keep a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate(Form MCSA-5876) on file with the DMV. These expire every 2 years. For more information on the process, check out our guide on self-certification.

*If you have a hazardous materials endorsement, your commercial driver license expires the day your TSA clearance expires.

HAZMAT Endorsements

To renew your HAZMAT endorsed CDL, you need to pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check. Check out our page on HAZMAT endorsements for instructions on the process. Start the online application process early, as the process can take up to 45 days.

Online

You will receive a renewal postcard from the Nebraska DMV before your license is scheduled to expire. You can renew your Nebraska CDL online if you HAVE NOT already renewed your CDL online in the last 10 years and DO NOT NEED:

  • A hazardous materials endorsement.
  • To wear biopic or telescopic lenses.
  • To change your:
    • Name from what appears on your current NE CDL.
    • Physical description.
    • CDL self-certification category.

Eligible? Let’s get started. You’ll now need to head to the state’s online renewal system and provide:

  • Proof of citizenship, if it’s not already on file.
  • Current Medical Examiner's Certificate (Form MCSA-5876) ONLY if you’re a Self-Certification Category A Interstate Non-Excepted Driver.
  • Proof of address change*, if applicable. Acceptable documents include:
    • Bank account statements.
    • Pay stubs.
    • Voter registration cards.
  • A working telephone number and email address.
  • Your checking account information or a major credit card to pay the total $57.50 renewal fee and applicable vendor fee.

After completing the process, save your order reference number. You’ll need this number to enter into the state’s status inquiry service in the event you don’t receive your renewed NE CDL within 20 days.

*Anything with a P.O. box address IS NOT acceptable proof.

In Person

Bring the renewal postcard you received in the mail with you when you renew your license at one of the state's examining locations.

To prevent identity theft, you will be required to provide your:

  • Current CDL.
  • Proof of your*:
    • Social Security number.
    • Birth date.
    • Name.
  • Payment for the $57.50 CDL renewal fee.

When you renew your Nebraska CDL in person, you will be required to complete a short vision screening. If you wear contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses to pass the screening, you must wear these corrective lenses whenever you operate a commercial motor vehicle.

*Several forms of documents are acceptable, but no photocopies or faxes will be permitted. The DMV’s CDL application guide has a complete list of accepted documents.

Nebraska CDL Renewal Fees

Here’s a list of the fees associated with renewing your Nebraska CDL:

  • CDL (valid for 5 years): $57.50.
  • CDL with lens restrictions:
    • Valid for up to 1 year: $13.50.
    • Valid for over 1 year, up to 2 years: $24.50.
  • Change of CDL class: $12.50.
  • Adding or removing endorsements or restrictions: $12.50.

The $2.50 security surcharge is included in all the prices listed above.

Forms

MCSA-5876
Medical Examination Certificate
Holders of certain CDLs must complete and carry this medical exam certificate. Must be completed by a doctor.
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