CDL approved documents

Proof of lawful permanent residency, U.S. citizenship, or non-domicile document

All commercial drivers must provide proof of lawful permanent residency, U.S. citizenship, or non-domicile document when applying for or renewing their commercial driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP). If you can't provide these documents, you'll need to surrender your CDL.

For current CDL and CLP holders this means:

  • You're only required to present proof of lawful permanent residency, U.S. citizenship, or non-domicile document at your next renewal or other change to your record. This includes name, address, and endorsement changes. You can renew or make changes to your personal driver license, it's not affected by these requirements.
  • If you have a valid enhanced personal driver license or enhanced commercial driver license issued before September 1, 2015, you aren't required to again prove your permanent legal residency or U.S. citizenship. These license types have a red bar at the top of the card with “ENHANCED DRIVER LICENSE” or “ENHANCED COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE.”
    Sample photo of enhanced driver license

    Example of enhanced license

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency, or non-domicile document is not required to replace a lost, damaged or stolen card. You can purchase a duplicate CDL and CLP online or at any driver license office.
  • You must provide 1 of 8 federally approved, government-issued documents. Obtaining duplicate documents can take several weeks. Begin the process immediately if you don't currently have at least one in your possession. Photocopies aren't accepted.
  • Visit a driver licensing office location to complete your transaction.

If you have a CDL from Mexico and Canada you cannot transfer your CDL to WA. You can legally drive in this country with the out of country CDL.

Approved documents Photo example
Valid U.S. Passport (book or card) issued by the U.S. Department of State: US Passport sample photo
Government Issued Birth Certificate
Including Puerto Rico (issued after July 1, 2010), Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Birth Certificate sample photo
Valid Permanent Resident Card
“Green Card” issued by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services:
Permanent Resident Card sample photo
Certificate of Naturalization
Replacements available from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services:
Certificate of Naturalization sample photo
Certificate of Citizenship
Replacements available from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services:
Certificate of Citizenship sample photo
Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Replacements available from the Department of State:
Consular Report of Birth Abroad sample photo

Non-permanent residents may find more information about becoming a permanent legal resident or U.S. citizen by contacting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For more information about this Federal law, go to www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Non-domicile CDL

Customers who are domiciled in a foreign country or in a state that prohibits issuance of CDL/CLP due to residency requirements will not have one of the preceding documents. They may be eligible for a non-domiciled document.

The following documents are acceptable to prove non-domiciled:

Approved documents Photo example
Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
Unexpired foreign passport with an approved unexpired I-94 form (electronic or document) Unexpired I-94 form - Electronic Unexpired I-94 form - Document

We'll issue you a non-domiciled CDL to the expiration of your approved documents (up to 6 years).

The following video describes these requirements in further detail

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