Medical waivers: CDL

All commercial drivers must meet minimum medical standards established by federal regulations. Drivers are required to have a valid physical examination card in their possession any time they’re operating a commercial vehicle.

If you don’t meet the medical requirements but your condition is stable and you have a CDL, you can apply for a medical waiver for intrastate driving.

How to apply for an intrastate medical waiver (WA only)

  1. Complete the following forms:
  2. Submit your medical exam report, medical certificate, and medical waiver application:

Note: We don’t process these waivers for drivers who don’t need a CDL but are required by their employer to complete a Medical Exam Report and get a waiver. To learn more, contact your employer, physician or read WAC 480-30­-226(2): Doctor’s statement of intrastate medical waiver.

How to apply for a federal medical exemption

These exemptions are processed by FMCSA Medical Programs.

You may be eligible to apply for an interstate medical exemption through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) if you have the following conditions:

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

More information

If you have questions about… Contact
  • Processing of CDL medical waivers
  • Your record
  • Federal Medical Examination Reports
  • Disqualifying conditions or medications
FMCSA: 360.753.9875
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