Transfer your CDL from another state

Requirements

  1. Complete any required testing.
  2. Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency, see Changes to commercial driver licensing.
  3. Sign a CDL surrender form before you’re issued a Washington license with CDL.
  4. Complete the Self-Certification. If required, bring the documents you’ll need depending on the type of certification.
  5. If you surrender your out-of-state CDL and don’t get a Washington CDL at that time, you’ll be required to meet all CDL requirements, see Steps to getting your CDL.
  6. Pay the fees.

Make sure you verify that your temporary document has been transferred correctly. If you have questions, please ask us.

Testing

You don’t need to test or show your training certificate when you transfer a valid CDL except when you want to:

  • Maintain the hazardous materials endorsement (HME): Pay fees and pass the HME knowledge test.
  • Upgrade, add endorsements, or remove restrictions: Pay fees and pass a knowledge and drive test.

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