Medical certificates and self-certification

If you didn’t self-certify your commercial driver license (CDL) was removed on January 30 2014.

How to self-certify or change your current self-certification status

Visit a CDL/CLP office location to self-certify or to change your self-certification status. Depending on how you self-certify determines what CDL medical documents will be required.

If you self-certified

If you self-certified and are required to keep current medical documents on file but you don’t, your CDL will be downgraded and you can’t operate a commercial vehicle. To release the downgrade, we must have unexpired medical documents on file:

  • If your intrastate medical waiver has expired, see Intrastate Medical Waiver.
  • If you don’t hold an intrastate medical waiver, submit your CDL medical documents by:
    • Visiting a CDL/CLP office
    • Email: CDLMED@dol.wa.gov (This mailbox is only for submitting CDL medical forms, questions won't be answered.)
    • Fax: 360.570.4915
    • Mail
      CDL Medical Unit
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9030
      Olympia, WA 98507-9030

Note: It may take 7–10 business days to update your record after receiving your documents. Please be sure to submit current medical documents prior to your documents on record expiring.

Type of certification and status Self-certify as this type if you… Medical documents

Non-excepted interstate commercial driver

Status:

  • Self-certification: Non-excepted interstate
  • Medical certification: Certified
  • Cross state lines driving a commercial vehicle.
  • Transport cargo that isn’t from Washington (WA) or is leaving WA.
  • Deliver cargo to WA ports.
  • School bus drivers with passengers crossing state lines to events.
  • Delivering goods across state lines.
  • Delivering goods, including logs, to WA ports.

Medical Examiners Certificate – kept on file with us and carried by you when you’re driving a commercial vehicle in WA.

Other documents:
If you have a disqualifying medical condition, submit a current Federal Exemption and/or SPE form.

Excepted interstate commercial driver

Status:

  • Self-certification: Excepted interstate
  • Medical certification:
    • No waiver requirements: No status
    • With waiver requirements: Certified
  • School bus drivers with students crossing state lines to and from school.
  • Occasionally transport personal property without compensation.
  • Operate a government vehicle or emergency response vehicle.
  • Make emergency deliveries of propane or home heating oil.
  • Drivers crossing state lines for city, county, or state-owned and operated transit organizations.
  • Truck drivers employed by federal, state, or local government to haul or deliver mail, supplies, or other goods.

Medical Examiners Certificate – carried by you when you’re driving a commercial vehicle in WA.

Other documents:
If you’re required to have an intrastate medical waiver, it must be valid and you must carry it when you're driving in WA.

Non-excepted intrastate driver

Status:

  • Self-certification: Non-Excepted intrastate
  • Medical certification:
    • No waiver requirements: No status
    • With waiver requirements: Certified

Note: This is the only intrastate cert. available in WA. You can’t self-certify as an “excepted intrastate driver.”

  • Don’t cross state lines while operating a commercial vehicle.
  • Transport cargo that originated in and stays in WA.
  • School bus drivers who only transport passengers within WA.
  • Truck drivers who only transport and deliver goods to and from WA addresses.

Medical Examiners Certificate – carried by you when you’re driving a commercial vehicle in WA.

Other documents:
If you’re required to have an intrastate medical waiver, it must be valid and you must carry it when you’re driving a commercial vehicle.

Types of CDL Medical Documents

Depending on how you self-certified or what your medical condition is, one or more of the following documents may be required:

  1. Medical Examiners Report
  2. Medical Certificate Card
  3. Find a Qualified Medical Examiner
  4. Federal Exemption
  5. Federal Skills Performance Evaluation Certificate (SPE)
  6. Intrastate Medical Waiver

What if I don’t know what type of commercial driving I’ll be doing?

The most flexible option is to certify as a non-excepted interstate driver and submit a medical certificate to us. This allows you to accept jobs that require driving across state lines.

I’m not an active commercial driver. Can I maintain my CDL but not my medical certificate?

Maybe, but only if you:

  • self-certify as an intrastate driver or an excepted interstate driver,
  • don’t require an intrastate medical waiver, and
  • don’t operate a commercial vehicle without a medical examiners certificate and self-certification on file that matches the type of operation you will be performing.

Why do we have to do this?

Self-certification and valid medical certificates help prevent medically unqualified drivers from operating commercial vehicles.

Questions? Need help?

Washington Healthcare Finder
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Access Washington – official state government website