Employer registration and certification: CDL

How to register as an employer

You must register with us before you can certify that your employee has the skills and training necessary to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.

Employers aren’t required to submit a course outline or curriculum for approval. This requirement only applies to private or public schools who offer CDL training.

The driver is required to take the CDL knowledge and skills test. The employer certificate only waives them from attending a CDL school. You don't have to submit your certificate until you’re issued your CDL.

To qualify as an employer, the person or organization:

  • must hire at least 1 person to regularly drive a commercial vehicle during their normal course of business, and
  • can’t have the primary purpose of their business be training commercial vehicle operators.

To register as an employer:

  1. Complete the Commercial Driver Employer Registration. Be sure to:
    • Type the information. We can’t accept handwritten registrations.
    • Provide your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number. What is a UBI number?
    • Include the names and signatures of all individuals authorized to sign the employer certificate.
    • Sign and date the form. Forms submitted without a signature or date won’t be accepted.
  2. Submit the form:
  3. We’ll let you know if you’ve been approved or denied within 7-10 business days.
  4. If you’re approved, your employer ID number will be emailed to you.

If you have any changes that affect the registration information, submit a new form

Any time an employer needs to you make changes to an existing registration:

  • Submit a new Commercial Driver Employer Registration form to the same locations listed above.
  • Make sure you include your employer ID number at the top of the form.
  • Fill in only the information that is changing.

Forgot you employer ID number?

Contact us and we will email your ID number. We can only send it to the email address listed on the registration.

How to certify your employees

After you’ve received your employer ID number, you may certify your commercial drivers who have the skills and training necessary to operate a commercial vehicle safely.

To issue a certificate for a driver:

  1. Complete a Commercial Driver Training Employer Certification. Be sure to:
    • Type the information. We can’t accept handwritten certificates.
    • Enter your employer ID number in the “Employer ID number” field.
    • Provide your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number. What is a UBI number?
    • Indicate the class of vehicle the employee is certified to operate.
  2. Print the certification on white paper and sign it. The employee will need the original certificate to present to a CDL/CLP office when they’re issued a CDL. We can only accept an original.

What is a UBI number?

Your Unified Business Identifier (UBI) number is a 9 digit number linking your business to the:

Your UBI number should be noted on all correspondence and information you submit regarding your business.

For out-of-state businesses

You’ll have a similar process and a number associated with your business. This number is what you’ll put in the UBI field on the registration form.

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