New Jersey CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

New Jersey CDL Requirements

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all New Jersey CDL holders to certify the type of commercial operation they’re engaged in.

Starting in July 2012, when you apply for a CDL you will be required to self-certify as to what type of commercial operation is applicable by signing a CDL Holder Self-Certification.

All current CDL holders should wait until they receive a notice from the MVC before they submit a Self-Certification.

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

Intrastate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. New Jersey regulations require a medical certificate for intrastate drivers.

 

Submitting your Self-Certification and Medical Certificate to New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

Submit the following two documents:

  1. New Jersey MVC CDL Holder Certification – download the form here from New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT medical card. Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

All current CDL holders should wait until they receive a notice from the MVC before they submit a Self-Certification. It must be completed in full and mailed to the MVC in the enclosed self- addressed envelope.

By Mail:
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
CDL/Bus Unit
PO Box 685
Trenton, NJ 08666

 

Keep Your Medical Card Current with New Jersey MVC

In accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, New Jersey CDL holders must submit a valid (non-expired) medical certificate to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Failure to submit a valid Medical Certificate or a Medical Variance may result in your CDL being disqualified. The MVC will notify you that you are no longer medically-certified to operate a CMV in non-excepted Interstate or intrastate commerce. If the MVC still does not receive a valid medical certificate, they will remove all your CDL privileges and downgrade your license to a basic driver license.

If your CDL is disqualified, you will not be legally permitted to operate a commercial motor vehicle. If your CDL is disqualified, you may also be required to retest prior to reinstatement of your CMV operating privileges.

Submit your renewed valid medical certificate to New Jersey MVC…
By Mail:
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
CDL Unit
PO Box 685
Trenton, NJ 08666.

 

Other Information:

Website: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission

New Jersey Medical Certification Requirements FAQ

You can also call the MVC CDL Unit at 609-292-7500 (extension 5077) and someone will be able to assist you.

 

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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Comments

  1. I have not received a letter from the mvc and the dead line is tomorrow also my medical card is expired, what should I do?

  2. I haven’t received a letter and I hold a cdl from April 2011 but haven’t been working since a year now. Am out seeking jobs now and my medical has expired. What should I do. Thx

  3. I still have not received a letter from the state to self certify.

    • @Tom
      We suggest you call the MVC CDL Unit at 609-292-7500 (extension 5077) and check with them, as time is running out.
      We’ve been answering questions for drivers across the nation and it looks like this process is a nightmare for many. All we can do is try to help with the information we have (as DOTPhysicalDOCTORS is in no way affiliated with FMCSA or any state DMV).
      We hope you can get this worked out.

  4. Dennis Cashin says:

    Hi, I am a diesel mechanic, I have always had a class A CDL and I need this to perform my duties. I have also in hard times used my class A CDL to fall back on when I needed a part time job. It is then that I would obtain a medical certificate for driving part time or full time, I am now not driving a commercial vehicle part time or full time but want to retain my CDL class A if I should need it. What do I need to do and why the change?

    Thank You
    Dennis Cashin
    P.S. the letter DMV sent me for self certification had a wrong DL number on it form over 20 yeas ago.

    • @Dennis
      You need to keep a valid copy of your medical certificate on file with NJ MVC, or your license will be downgraded and you will lose your CDL privileges.
      The deadline to get your self-certification to MVC / DMV is January 30, 2014, and you’ll need to include a copy of your current medical card.
      Looks like you need to call DMV to sort out the DL number problem first.

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