Renewing Your CDL in Tennessee
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How to Renew
The process to renew your CDL is fairly simple. When the time to renew draws near (every 8 Years) you should receive a renewal notice in the mail. If you don't get a renewal notice or lost it, simply head over to a DMV office anyway.
Unfortunately, CDLs can't be renewed through the mail or online. Drivers must renew their CDLs at their local county clerk's office. Be sure to take your up-to-date Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F) and a valid passport or a certified birth certificate with you.
- Class A: $70
- Class B or C: $62
- Class A plus motorcycle valid 8 years: $97
- Class B or C plus motorcycle valid 5 years: $89
If you're seeking to keep your Hazardous Material endorsement, you need to contact the Integrated Biometrics Technologies (IBT) Help Desk at (855) 347-8371 or visit them online at Universal Enrollment. They will provide you with information about starting the fingerprint/background check process with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting with their fingerprinting location nearest you. This costs $86.50.
When you go to your fingerprinting appointment, take your driver's license and Social Security card with you. Once you receive your approval letter in the mail from TSA, take it with you to your local driver license station to retest for HAZMAT and renew your CDL.
Note that HAZMAT endorsements must be renewed at your local driver license station, as well.
New Federal Requirements
You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with Tennessee's Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS). 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, in addition to a completed self-certification Supplemental Application for Commercial Drivers License (Form SF-1438), provide the TDOSHS with a federal medical certificate.
Questions? Visit Tennessee's FAQ page for full information.
Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination - 649-F
Medical examination report for commercial drivers to submit to the TN DOS. Must be completed by a medical professional.
Supplemental Application for Commercial Drivers License - SF-1438
Turn in this self-certification form to the TN Department of Safety when applying for your CDL.