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Oregon CDL Requirements

All CDL holders have to certify driving type, and if required keep a valid medical card on file with Oregon DMV. Your certification of driving type tells DMV which qualifications you must meet to hold a CDL.

  • Non-Excepted Interstate  (NI)
    You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate  (NA)
    You still have to submit a medical certificate. Oregon law requires all CMV drivers to submit proof they meet minimum medical standards.

If you cannot meet the federal medical qualifications for CMV operation, you may qualify for a Waiver of Physical Disqualification.
An Oregon Waiver of Physical Qualification, acceptable for use in intrastate commerce only, may be available for vision, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, limb impairments or amputation, hearing or seizure/seizure disorder. This waiver, available from DMV, would permit operation of a CMV used in Oregon intrastate commerce or in excepted interstate commerce only.
You are subject to Oregon state qualification requirements standards. There are small differences in the standards required for non-excepted interstate operation and other driving types that may allow restricted operation of a CMV even if you don’t meet the federal medical standards.
See details on Oregon DMV CDL Medical Examination & Physical Qualifications.


CDL Self-Certification

You’ll be required to certify driving type each time you renew, replace or upgrade your CDL at a DMV office. You might also be required to certify driving type at the same time you submit a Medical Examiner’s Certificate as a result of a written request from DMV.

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Self-Certification of CMV Driving Type – download the form here from Oregon Department of Transportation.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT medical card (medical card only, not the long form). DOT medical cards are often two-sided or have two parts. Ensure you submit a copy that is complete and legible. Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

You may fax a legible copy of your medical certificate. However, unless your CDL is in danger of cancellation, DMV suggests you mail a copy of your certificate. To ensure accuracy, write your name and license number legibly on a separate piece of paper enclosed with the documents.

By Mail:
DMV Driver Safety
CDL Medical Certification
1905 Lana Avenue NE,
Salem, OR, 97314

By Fax: 


Medical Certificate Update

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

You are responsible for knowing when your Medical Examiner’s Certificate will expire and for providing DMV with a copy of your new Medical Examiner’s Certificate. You must maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate on record with DMV at all times. If your Medical Examiner’s Certificate expires before DMV receives a new card, you will be sent a CDL cancellation notice that will be effective 30 days later. However, once your medical certificate expires, you may not legally operate a CMV.

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

By Mail: Include your name and license number legibly on a separate piece of paper.
DMV Driver Safety
CDL Medical Certification
1905 Lana Avenue NE,
Salem, OR, 97314

By Fax: Include your name and license number legibly on a separate piece of paper.

By Email: It must be a copy in .jpg or .pdf format. Please add your name and driver license number to the email.


Other Information:

Oregon CDL Medical CertificationFAQs

Information For CDL/CMV Medical Examiners


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 Herring says

    This is crazy that a tech has to do all this. We don’t drive but once in a bluemoon and its only for a few miles, its not like we are long haul driving. Come on!

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