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Ohio CDL Requirements

Effective January 30, 2012, new federal regulations require all Commercial Driver License holders to self-certify their type of commercial driving. All CDL holders must submit a self-certification in order to be issued and maintain their CDL.

All Ohio 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 State DOT medical requirements.


Self-Certifying and Submitting your Medical Certificate to Ohio BMV

All CDL drivers must self-certify in one of four categories no later than January 30, 2014.
A description of the categories can be found by viewing form BMV2159.
If you self-certify Interstate Non-Excepted, you must also submit your Medical Certificate.

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Commercial Driver License Self Certification Authorization Form – download the form here from Ohio Department of Public Safety Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
  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.

Note: Please include a cover page with your contact information: Name, address and telephone number.

By Mail:
Ohio BMV
CDL/Out of State Processing
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, OH 43216-6784

By Fax:

By Email:

In Person:
To a Regional Reinstatement Office or a Deputy Registrar. Locations can be found here.


Keep your Medical Certificate current with Ohio BMV

If you self-certify Non-Excepted Interstate and submit a medical certificate, you are required to keep a valid medical card on file with Ohio BMV.

Ohio BMV will send you a notice approximately 60 days prior to your medical card expiration. If you do not provide a new medical card, Ohio BMV will mail a notice to you, indicating your medical certificate is expired. Once your medical card expires, you are no longer eligible to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

Submit a legible copy of your medical certificate (medical card only, not the long form) to the Ohio BMV:

By Mail:
Ohio BMV
CDL/Out of State Processing
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, OH 43216-6784

By Fax:

By Email:

Note: Allow up to 5 business days for processing of forms submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail.

In Person: For same day service
Submit completed forms to a Regional Service Center:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Other Information:

Website: Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles official website

Ohio CDL requirements


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. John Wetzel says

    My A1c was just reported as higher than normal levels and the medical examiner will not issue my CDL license. He told me I have to have written info from family physician that I am under medical care and taking appropriate meds for this and a new med to help the A1c come down. The family doctor emailed this info to the medical examiner and the medical examiner still will not issue my license renewal for 3 months. In the state of Ohio I understood that as long as I am under a physician’s care for diabetes control that I can drive but the medical examiner says I cannot. What is true? I am running out of time for renewal.

    • says

      Not just under a medical doctors care but also having your diabetes under control. Your medical card allows you to operate the truck, but you must have your diabetes under control to be considered safe and fit for duty. Don’t know why the CME would hold you for another three month, when you should be able to get this condition under control in a few weeks.

  2. John D Kruis says

    I emailed copy of my medical card on May 6, 2015. Why did I just receive notice of my cdl suspended for not providing a copy of my medical card. I just emailed it again. I need a response!

    • says

      You are requesting the wrong party. We cannot help you.
      This is a private website helping drivers with information related to getting your medical card. We are not affiliated with any state or federal agency and cannot help you with license information.

      What we know from talking with many drivers, and a few DMVs, is that state departments may be one or more weeks behind in updating drivers license records. In the meantime their computer systems send out warning letters so you don’t forget to update your information.
      You need to contact your local drivers license department directly to find out your status.

    • Steve says

      I stopped driving about 8 months ago and just realized I forgot to renew my med card in time. It expired about a week ago from the date of this msg. Does this mean I have to completely start over to get a new cdl???

      • says

        Most likely not.
        Each state treats this process differently. Contact your local driver’s license department to find out the status of your CDL, and what you need to do next.

  3. scott says

    I was recently pulled over and found out my restriction card had expired. Now have a court date, car was towed and not allowed to be released until after court date. Any idea on the punishment and or costs and fines??

  4. Megan says

    I have a driver that has a Restricted CDL for Farm Related Service Industries. He self certified Cat. 4 and does not have a Medical. But after reading the definitions of a Cat. 4, I’m not sure that is the correct one. And also, I’m trying to figure out if we actually do need him to get a medical?? If you can shine any light on this it would be a huge help.

  5. Calvin Hutchison says

    I had a heart attack on 10-2-2014 and was in the hospital for 3 days and had 1 stent put in can you tell me how long i will need to be out of the truck? just kinda of curious, at home now feeling so much better I have my 1st app with the cardiologist on the 20th

    • says

      Fully healed and a medical release form completed by your cardiologist. The medical release needs to explain to your cardiologist what your job entails.
      It will be a few months before he will release you to go back to driving.
      And you will need some specific test results with you when you do go for your DOT medical exam. Good Luck

  6. scott mccallum says

    I was disqualified by a O.D.O.T medical examiner because I take the medication SUBOXONE that is prescribed by my doctor. What should I do to be RE-qualified

  7. says

    I have recently moved to Texas from Ohio. I now have a Texas CDL instead of Ohio. My medical card is through Texas. Therefore I wish to stop receiving letters about my Ohio Drivers License

  8. says

    I resently heard that I don’t need a medical card from a PA highway patrol during an inspection. I just finished reading your information on what a CDL Truck Driver needs to do. I never knew that I had to regester and self certify. As far as I know, I have never filed a self sertify form. What do I do now ? I never knew about this until JUST NOW !

    • says

      If you are a Class A driver, you need a DOT medical examination and medical certificate.
      Once you have that done, you will need to check with your state to determine what your self certification form is and how it should be filled in. Most class A drivers who travel interstate are classed as “non-excepted interstate”. Just check with your state to confirm that’s correct for you. See info about self-certification here.

  9. Mariea says

    What does a medical restriction form look like? .. when someone has a medical issue (blood pressure/diabetic., etc) but doctor states they can still drive?

    • says

      There is no such thing as a medical restriction form. Certain medical conditions restrict the length of time a medical card can be valid. A driver who has medical conditions being treated must have a medical release form from their primary care physician. See our blog post on Medical Release for more information.

  10. Lippencott says

    My doctor filled out the medical statement but I have been told I need the medical card. Where can I get a medical card for my doctor to fill out. I’ve searched your site and do not find it and the doctors don’t have them. What is a person suppose to do. Maybe the thing to do is to send all of the necessary forms to the drivers so that a person doesn’t loose a job and the family income/support. Do you think Ohio could be help in that way?

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