Michigan CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

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 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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ?

  5. 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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