Renewing Your CDL in Wisconsin

If you drive a commercial vehicle for a living, it’s important to renew your CDL before it expires to save yourself any unintended gaps in employment. You can complete the process through the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Read on to learn more about the CDL renewal process, including requirements for renewal and any fees you may have to pay.

Wisconsin CDL Renewal Eligibility

Wisconsin commercial driver’s licenses are valid for a period of 8 years. You will typically receive a renewal notice in the mail, or via email if you previously chose this option, about 30 days before your CDL expires.

If you have a HAZMAT endorsement, you should receive a notice in the mail 60 days before the endorsement expires. HAZMAT security clearances are valid for 5 years. For more information regarding Transportation Security Administration (TSA) threat assessments, jump over to the HAZMAT section of our Wisconsin CDL application page.

How to Renew Your WI CDL

To renew your Wisconsin commercial driver’s license, you’ll need to head over to your local DMV office. Before your visit, make sure to have your:

At the office you will:

  • Have your picture taken.
  • Take a vision exam. Be sure to bring your corrective lenses if you need them.
  • Take a written knowledge test (for HAZMAT and school bus drivers only). School bus drivers must also pass a:
    • Highway sign recognition exam.
    • School bus inspection exam.
    • Road skills test. Schedule an appointment with one of these third-party testing agencies.

Wisconsin CDL Renewal Fees

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

  • CDL: $74.
  • School bus endorsement:
    • Addition: $10.
    • Renewal: $5.
  • HAZMAT endorsement: $44 ($34 if renewing at the same time as your CDL).
  • Fingerprint background check: $23.75 (paid to the third-party vendor).


Driver License Application
DMV application for any class of an original, renewed, OR replacement Wisconsin driver's license OR instruction permit.
Medical Examination Certificate
If you're a non-excepted commercial driver, you must carry this medical certificate with your Wisconsin CDL. Must be completed by a doctor.
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