Transfer your CDL from another state


  1. Complete any required testing.
  2. Sign a CDL surrender form before you’re issued a Washington license with CDL.
  3. Complete the Self-Certification. If required, bring the documents you’ll need depending on the type of certification.
  4. If you surrender your out-of-state CDL and don’t get a Washington CDL at that time, you’ll be required to:
  5. Pay the fees.

Note: Please verify that your temporary document has been transferred correctly. If you have questions, please ask us.


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.

Questions? Need help?

Washington Healthcare Finder
Good To Go!
Access Washington – official state government website