Ohio CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

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 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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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