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

  1. After your the physician has completed the following forms:
  2. These forms must be submitted to us by:
    • Fax: 360.570.4915
    • Email: CDLMED@dol.wa.gov (only for submitting CDL medical forms, questions won't be answered.)
    • Mail:
      CDL Medical Unit
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 9030
      Olympia, WA 98507-9030
    • or
    • At a CDL/CLP office
  3. 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.

We’ll get back to you by mail, to the address we have on record, within 2 weeks.

How to apply for a federal medical exemption

These exemptions are processed by FMCSA Medical Programs for:

  • Missing or impaired use of a foot, leg, hand, or arm
  • Monocular vision or insulin dependence

Related information

Questions? Need help?

For questions about Contact
  • Medical condition(s),
  • if you qualify for a medical examiners certificate, or
  • if you can be certified with a disqualifying condition.
 
The certified physician who completed your Medical Examination Report.
If it’s been more than 2 weeks since you applied for your intrastate medical waiver.
Applying for a federal medical exemption or a skills performance evaluation (SPE).
Finding a certified physician. National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
Washington Healthcare Finder
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Access Washington – official state government website