New regulations require all commercial driver license (CDL) holders who operate for interstate commerce to keep their current medical examiner’s certificates on file with us. To confirm who has to keep a medical certificate on file, all CDL holders must self-certify in person between January 30, 2012 and January 30, 2014.
To learn more about these new requirements and how to self-certify, see Medical certificates and self-certification.
If you have a commercial driver license (CDL) from a state other than Washington, you must transfer and surrender your prior state’s CDL when you get a Washington commercial license.
If you have a valid CDL issued by another state, you don’t need to take the CDL tests except to:
If you’re transferring a CDL, you must be fingerprinted and undergo a federal background records check before being issued an hazardous materials endorsement when coming to Washington State, even if this process was completed in your home state.