Colorado CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Colorado CDL Requirements

All Colorado CDL holders are required to be medically qualified to drive a CMV by the means of a valid DOT medical certificate or medical waiver.

The regulations require that your motor vehicle status be “Medically Certified” to drive a CMV.  This status will be controlled by the expiration date of your DOT Medical Certificate that you submit to the DMV. If your DOT Medical Certificate is expired, then you will have a Medically Certified status of “Not Certified” and you cannot legally drive a CMV.

On the first day of your DOT Medical Certificate expiring, you are no longer qualified to operate a CDL type CMV.

On the 10th day of the DMV not receiving an updated DOT Medical Certificate, the DMV will change your medical certification status to “Not Certified” and the DMV will also mail out a letter to you explaining that you cannot operate a CDL type CMV and what you need to do to comply.

On the 30th day of the DMV not receiving an updated DOT Medical Certificate, the DMV will cancel your entire license and at this point you have no driving privileges.


Interstate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.

Intrastate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.


Submitting your Medical Certificate to Colorado DMV

Submit the following documents:

  1. CDL DOT Medical & Self Certification Form (DR 2903) – download the form here from Colorado Department of Revenue.
  2. CDL Self Certification Form & Attached Medical (DR 2904) – download the form here from Colorado Department of Revenue. Attach a copy of your valid DOT medical card – enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

By Mail:
Colorado Department of Revenue
Attn: CDL Unit Room 154
1881 Pierce St
Lakewood, CO 80214

By Fax:
303-205-5709  Attn: CDL Unit

In Person:
At all State DMV offices and some County DMV offices.


Other Contact Information:

DOT Customer Service Line: 303-205-5843

Email CDL Unit:


Special Information Updates Pertaining To ALL STATES

red1 check26The deadline for Commercial Driver Self-Certification is still January 30, 2014.

This is the deadline date for commercial drivers to have filed documents with their State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA):

  1. Your self-certification affidavit declaring which commercial category you drive.
  2. Depending on the category you certify – A copy of your current medical card (and any applicable variance documents).

Drivers who have not completed this requirement by the deadline will be downgraded to non-commercial, Class D privileges only.

red1 check26Drivers, you still need to carry a paper copy of your medical card, until 2015.

The reason for SDLAs collecting this information is so that it will be stored in the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) online database. Once this process is complete, drivers will no longer have to carry a paper copy of their medical card.
SDLAs are behind in setting up this database, and on January 10, 2014, FMCSA pushed the State Agencies reporting deadline to January 30, 2015.

Important Notes For Commercial Drivers:
This does not change your self-certification deadline. You must still get your documents in by January 30, 2014.
You still need to carry a paper copy of your medical card, until 2015.


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  1. CJ says

    I submitted my medical form and they still cancelled my CDL and I have no driving privileges. But they never notified me and I just found out tonight when I was pulled over. You simply cannot make such mistakes when an individuals livelihood is at risk.

  2. Tom says

    Hello, Why can’t I drive my Subaru after my CDL medical card expires past 30-days? What difference doe’s that make? Why would my personal driving be impacted? If your medical card has expired…you can’t drive a truck. – That’s FAIR. BUT, suddenly you can’t drive your personal car? That’s unfair. Thank you, Tom Briardy

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