Renewing Your CDL in Virginia

How to Renew Your CDL

Before your Virginia commercial driver's license (CDL) expires, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail a renewal application to the address it has on file for you. In order to receive this notice in a timely manner, be sure to notify the DMV of any change of address right away. Licenses are valid for 8 years.

To renew a CDL, you must go to one of the Customer Service Center in person.

Even when you're on time, each time you renew you will always have to pass the vision screening exam. You may be asked to have a new completed Medical Examination Report (Form 649-F). Your DOT medical certificate must be up-to-date as well.


And if you hold a hazardous materials endorsement, you must undergo a background check from the Transportation Security Administration before your endorsement will be renewed.

Adding Endorsements

When you renew your CDL, you can take the tests for any endorsements you wish to add to your license (or any restriction you wish to remove). Another benefit of renewing your CDL is that you can register to vote or change your registration address. You can also change the address on your license, update your name if it has changed, and change your organ donor status.

Fees for Renewal

The renewal cost is based on an $8 yearly fee for the license and $1 per year for each endorsement. The fee will be charged up front for the length of time that your CDL is valid. The DMV accepts cash, checks, e-checks, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, as well as check (debit) cards.

New Federal Requirements

You must self-certify your type of vehicle operation with the Virginia DMV. 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 completedCommercial Driver's License (CDL) Self Certification (Form DL 8), provide the DMV with a federal medical certificate.

Fax your completed self-certification application to (804) 367-6692. Or mail to:

  • Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
  • CDL/NDR Work Center, RM 420
  • P.O. Box 27412
  • Richmond, VA 23269

Or, submit online.

Questions? Visit Virginia's FAQ page for detailed information.


Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination
Medical examination form required when applying for a Virginia CDL. Must be completed by a doctor.
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