Medical waivers: CDL
Things to know
- If you have a CDL, go to a certified physician listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. They’ll complete an exam and determine if you meet the minimum federal medical standards.
- If you don’t meet the minimum federal medical standards, you may qualify for an intrastate medical waiver or a federal interstate medical exemption. This is determined by the physician.
- If you are issued a medical examiners certificate, you must carry it any time you’re driving a commercial vehicle in Washington state.
- If you don’t have a CDL we can’t issue an Intrastate medical waiver.
How to apply for an intrastate medical waiver
- Have your your physician complete the following forms:
- Submit the completed forms to us by:
- We’ll get back to you by mail, to the address we have on record, within 2 weeks.
What if I no longer require an intrastate medical waiver or federal medical exemption?
Notify us by submitting a new Medical Examiner’s Certificate that shows you’re cleared from having any disqualifying medical conditions.
To remove an intrastate “U” restriction from your license and record, visit a CDL/CLP office to have a new license issued. There is a $10 fee for getting a revised license before the next renewal.
How to apply for a federal medical exemption
Visit Driver Exemption Programs for:
- Diabetes Package
- Vision Package
- Hearing Package
How to apply for a Federal Skills Performance Evaluation Certificate (SPE)
Visit the Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate Program. SPE is for drivers with physical impairments or missing limbs.
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