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Michigan CDL Requirements

All Michigan CDL holders are required to certify the type of commercial operation they’re engaged in.

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

Intrastate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. However, your medical certification does not need to be provided to the Department of State.

If you fail to comply you will be disqualified from operating a CMV. If the updated information is not received, your CDL will be downgraded to a Class D license within 60 days. Failure to restore your CDL within 12 months will require retesting.


Submitting your Self Certification and Medical Certificate to Michigan Department of State

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Michigan Department of State CDL Self-Certification Form – download the form here from Michigan Department of State.
  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.

Submit Online
CDL Self and Medical Certification
Note: You will need to scan and upload your medical certification document in a PDF (preferred) or TIF format.

By Mail:
Michigan Department of State
CDL Help Desk
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

By Fax:

In Person:
Visit any Secretary of State Office.


Other Information:

CDL Self Certification Frequently Asked Questions.

For additional information call 517-322-5555.


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. Robin C. Krouse says

    I can not get a good blood pressure reading in dr. office. Previously my home testing results and
    medication taken showing controlled b/p was adequate. Why is this no longer accepted and can
    something from my personal dr be provided?

  2. dave bergmann says

    I have had a Chauferrs license for over 20 years and have never gotten a medical card even when I first got certified.
    I just renewed my license and was not asked about the medical card.
    do I need one?

  3. devin says

    I have a cdl but do not use it. Do I have to have a medical card to keep it? My license is about to expire.


    I am a school bus driver and have been driving for over 7 years. New regulations made it necessary for me to renew a sleep study. My original one was done in 2003 and they destroy the records after 7 years. There have been issues trying to get the study done from the local medical facility not having an opening until April to my finding somewhere else to get it done but it took 3 sleep studies to get it finalized. for this reason, I was given an extension on my physical card which expires Feb. 15. I am told that I have to wear the breathing machine for 2 weeks then turn in the results to the facility that did my physical. As of today Feb 11, I got the results and turned them into the office that did my DOT physical, I still need to get a machine which will take a couple of days and the physical facility says they cannot give me another extension to hold me until I can get the usage results to them. Is this true?

    • says

      There is no ruling as such. It is up the the examiner to act in a reasonable manner. It would seem that, based on your report, that the examiner is not being very responsive to your issues or needs.

  5. says

    I used to drive a school bus and transit over a year ago. I no longer drive either but want to keep the cerifations I have on my drivers license in case I ever want to go back. Went to get my Med. card renewed and was told because I’m on depression meds I can only be renewed for 1 year not 2 years that I always had before. Why? I already see my Dr. Every 6 months for the depression . My regular Dr. Would know better than a one time A year Dr if I’m able to drive. Also a CARP 2week print out needed because of using the machine 8 years ago for a month has become a real problem. I was only given a 90 days dr. Med. card. And it will be costing me a lot more money for more tests I already had years back.
    All this for a license I will not even be using. This seems very unfair to those of us that has never had any problems on the Road when we were driving.

    • says

      It is understandable that you have been away from the industry for a short time and a lot has changed since your last DOT medical examination. The main thing to do now is decide if keeping your CDL is worth all the hassle that it will take to keep something that you may never use again.

  6. Kevin koc says

    How do you get your CDP reinstated after it has been downgraded. I have been trying to get med card waiver for sleep study but couldn’t get appointment before deadline

  7. Steve MacLeod says

    Does a driver need a medical card to drive a chauffeur truck for a non-profit organization. He is strictly a volunteer and does not recieve a wage. Thank you.

    • says

      If the state requires a medical card to operate a vehicle of 10001 pounds, then yes he must demonstrate medical fitness for duty to operate a CMV. Check with your state Driver License Department.

  8. William McCalmon says

    I renewed my license and presented my valid medical card to the secretary of states office in January 2014 . I have since renewed my medical card . does this new card need to be submitted to you , or just carried with me anytime I am operating my commercial vehicle ?

  9. Isaac Sanders says

    Is this a new method of bleeding monies from cdl drivers? Are you aware the difficulties one go through to obtain a cdl ? Now you want to complicated driving more, to many rules and regulations already. what ever happened to the grandfather clause?

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