Georgia CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Georgia CDL Requirements

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

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.

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

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

Self Certification Process

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.

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.


Keep Your Medical Card Current With Georgia Department of Driver Services

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 may submit your new medical certificate 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 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. 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 :)

  2. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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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