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Georgia CDL Requirements

All CDL holders have to certify driving type and, if required, keep a valid medical card on file with Georgia Department of Driver Services. Your certification of driving type tells DDS which qualifications you must meet to hold a CDL.

  • Non-Excepted Interstate (NI)
    You must meet FMCSA driver qualification requirements.
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate (NA)
    You must meet the medical requirements for Georgia.

If your medical examiner’s certificate is only valid with a vision, diabetes or a skills performance evaluation variance granted by FMCSA, you will also be asked by the DDS to provide a copy of that variance document. If you have a vision waiver granted by the DDS you will be required to provide a copy of that variance document.

CDL holders can no longer claim exemption from medical certification requirements because they are not currently operating in non-excepted interstate or intrastate commerce. If not specifically included above, they must maintain their medical certification or certify into an Excepted category.

If CDL holders are required to provide a medical certification then they must continue to carry all medical certification documents with them at all times even after completing the self-certification process with DDS.


CDL Self-Certification

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Commercial Driver Self Certification Form (DDS Form 1207) – download the form here from Georgia Department of Driver Services.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT medical card (Medical card only, not the long form.) Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

Visit the DDS website at

By Mail:
Department of Driver Services
Attn: RM-CDL
P. O. Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013

By Fax:
(770) 918-6251
Important: Submissions via fax must be for individual customers. Submission of documentation for multiple customers may be sent by mail.

In Person:
You can submit your self-certification to any DDS Customer Service Center.


Medical Certification Update

Your license will be downgraded if you fail to keep your medical certification current. You may be required to re-test if you remain in a downgraded class for a long period of time.

You must provide a copy of each new DOT medical card to the Department prior to the expiration of the current DOT medical card.

You are also responsible for applying to FMCSA for a renewal of your variance. If you have a variance issued by the DDS you must apply for renewal of that variance prior to its expiration.

You may submit your new medical certificate online, by mail, fax, or in person, as described above.


Other Contact Information:
If you have any questions you can call 678-413-8400 or 1-866-754-3687 and ask for a medical certification customer service representative.


Special Information Updates  – JANUARY 2015 –
Pertaining To ALL STATES


The FMCSA has requested that all medical examiners continue providing drivers with a paper copy of the medical certificate so that Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders can provide a copy to the State licensing agency, and the non-CDL drivers can provide the documentation to their employers and Federal and State enforcement officials.

The Agency is currently completing efforts to put into place an electronic system to enable medical examiners to transmit the medical certificate information from the National Registry system to the State licensing agencies. However, until that system is completed, medical examiners must continue to issue paper copies of the medical certificates to drivers who pass the medical exam.


Commercial Drivers – You still need to carry a paper copy of your medical card, until FMCSA announces that this is no longer necessary.

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  1. Angie says

    In the state of Georgia, does an insulin dependent diabetic that drives INTRAstate only have to get the federal exemption?

    • says

      Check with your state, but I believe that your state has the basic waiver for intra-state only drivers on insulin.
      Some states are following FMCSA guidelines, but most are establishing their own regulations for intra-state drivers.

  2. shernard cook says

    I took a dot physical and passed everything but the vision cause im blind in my left eye. I only need for a non cdl job. Pls help me on what i can do to get a medical card .

  3. Anthony says

    I am an federal employee with a CDL state of GA driving only military vehicle do I need to have a medical card?

    • says

      You’ll need to check with your state. In most cases, as a military only driver, you would not need a card, but check with your branch officer or the state Drivers License Department.

  4. Suzanne says

    My husband has his CDLs and interstate. We have always used the same doctor who does the DOT physical with all the forms. My question is when it is time to renew his physical card can he continue to go to the doctor he always has or now does he have to go to a doctor on the national registry of certified medical examiners? If so how would our current doctor who has always done them go about getting on the list of doctors on the National registry of certified medical examiners?

    • says

      Starting May 21, 2014, CMV drivers must have the DOT physical completed by a medical examiner who is FMCSA National Registry Certified.
      See the FMCSA website for medical examiner certification.

  5. CRB64 says

    I have CDL, the company that I work for promoted me to a position of not driving any more.
    Do I have to maintain my medical card to keep my CDLs in the state of Georgia?

  6. Ric says

    I don’t have a medical card and have been driving on the weekends for a local company making short intrastate runs. I was told that I wasn’t required to have one as long as, I wasn’t crossing state lines when I last renewed my license at DDS, but my employer recently informed that I would need one. Has that changed?

  7. nicole says

    Quick question: : my fiancee is a driver and has to renew his CDL in february. His medical card says its vaid another several months. The question is do you have to renew your medical card when you renew your CDL or just stay current with the date on medical card??? Any knowldgeable help would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!! THANKS in advance :)

  8. Debora says

    I live in ga and had to have a hole fixed in my heart. The dr. I use for my medical card states that I have to wait a length oh time to get a new medical card in Ga but did not know what that length of time was, I am hoping you might know and also anything else I might need to know about getting a new medical card. Thank you

    • says

      Well first things first. You need to be completely healed from the surgery before you go back for a new DOT medical card.
      Before you go for the examination, make sure your primary doctor completes your medical release form for you to take to the DOT examination.
      The medical examiner may be looking for a recent stress test before he completes your examination, depending on the type and level of your most recent surgery. With all the information in hand you should not have any major hangups. Good luck

  9. Sue says

    What happens if one of our intrastate drivers fails his dot physical? What are the fines if caught driving without a medical cert in GA? and what are the repercussions to the company?

  10. Harold Cooper says

    ? is my florida medical card good for the state of georgia? or do i have to get new one? need to know asap already switch my cdl license to ga but i did own a fla cdl license

    • says

      If your medical card is Interstate, it is valid throughout the US, not state specific.
      If your medical card is Intrastate Only then you’ll need to check with GA DDS to make sure it’s still valid. Most likely “yes”, because both FL and GA require Federal DOT medical certificate requirements for Intrastate.

  11. Jamie says

    I am 50 ys old , I have a Defibrillator and I’ve never collapsed, but I have had 3 heart attacks that have left my heart damaged. My doctor said he wanted to install a ICD so if I ever do have the big one it will jump start me. But now i have a chance of getting hired on with the state of Georgia DOT, But they require that I maintain my CDL’s . Is there any chance of holding on to my license if I stay within the state ?

    • says

      I would check with the state, but I believe you can keep your CDL and still be an intra-state driver exclusively.
      That’s how it’s done here in Utah for our CDL drivers that would be disqualified from interstate driving otherwise.

      • Jamie Collett says

        Just a update; Checked with the Georgia DDS. And they said GA. Adopted the FMCSA regulations and will not allow it. If you have diabetes you can get a exception, but not ICD.

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