Texas CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Texas CDL Requirements

All Texas CDL holders are required to certify the type of commercial operation they’re engaged in. All CDL holders must provide a Self-Certification affidavit no later than January 30, 2014 to Texas Department of Public Safety.

CDL holders operating in non-excepted interstate and non-excepted intrastate are required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate and any variance they may have to the Department.

Drivers who are required to have a medical examiners certificate and fail to maintain a current medical certificate with the Department may lose their CDL.

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

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

 

Submit Your Self-Certification Affidavit and Medical Certificate to Texas Department of Public Safety

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Texas Commercial Driver License Self-Certification Affidavit – download the form (CDL-7) here from Texas Department of Public Safety.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT medical card (not the long form) and any variance you may have.  Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

By Mail:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Enforcement & Compliance Service
Attention: CDL Section
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773

By Fax:
512-424-2002  Attn: CDL Section

By Email:
CDLMedCert@dps.texas.gov
Documents must be in PDF format

 

Keep Your Medical Card Current With Texas Department of Public Safety

You must provide a copy of each new DOT medical card to the Department prior to the expiration of the current DOT medical card.

To prevent your commercial driver license from being downgraded, you will need to send a copy of your new DOT medical certificate to the Department within 15 days of the DOT medical certificate issuance date.

You may submit your new medical certificate by mail, fax, or email, as described above.

 

Other Information:

Texas DPS official website: Driver License

Texas CDL Medical Certification Requirement

Texas DPS/CVE – Locate a commercial vehicle office – address and phone number

 

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 my CDL from Texas and I have not drive since July 01/13 ,my question is do I need to send the medical certificate to the DPS to keep my CDL even if I’m not working or using my CDL..?
    I appreciate any info that anybody can help with.
    Thank you.

    • @ D. Ramsey
      Most likely yes, you must keep a copy of a current medical certificate on file with Texas DPS updated with your CDL record, otherwise DPS will downgrade you to a non-CDL.
      Check with DPS to see if they’ll allow you to certify in a non-exempt status, until you are ready to drive again.
      For more information see “Tip – Not driving but want to keep your CDL”, at the end of this blog post New FMCSA medical certificate requirements.

  2. I have my medical card, I got my CDL this May, 2014… Do I still have to submit this or is it already in the database being I obtained my cdl after Jan. 2014? I’ve had somebody tell me I have until Jan. 2015 but I have no idea? Please lmk
    Thanks!

    • I actually just looked at the Self Certification Affidavit document and I do remember filling that paper out while it was in the process of getting my CDL… So in that case, I should be all set, correct?

  3. Is there a grace period once my medical card expires before I have to obtain a new one? I’m usually in the road and have a hard time finding a place to get a new DOT MEdical Card.

    • @Anastacio
      Medical card goes invalid at midnight of the expiration date on the card. No grace period.
      Also – your CDL record, at the drivers license department, has a copy of your medical card record, and if expired, your CDL is in danger of being downgraded.
      Best to get a new DOT physical done a few weeks before the expiration date, and not play Russian Roulette with your CDL.

      We created DOTPhysicalDoctors website, so you can find driver friendly doctors throughout the United States. Good Luck

  4. My med card expired a couple months ago. I have a Texas CDL but have been up in North Dakota for a little bit working. I’m not currently driving a CDL required vehicle. When I get my new med card in a couple weeks, will my License still be valid?

    • Brandon says:

      I didn’t even know about this “rule” until sometime in June. I sent my medical certification to the State of Texas by email. They accepted it and updated my record to show that I had the medical certification card. Now, I recently went to change my address on my license because I moved and received a letter stating my current medical card will expire soon. Not sure if that means they plan to not send me my license or what. Could just be coincidence the letter came when it did. But I should have my license long before my medical card expires and with plenty of time to go get a new medical card. If they are trying to claim I need to go get a new one first, then send it all in and then they will send my license that is just crapola, and the State or FMCSA should have to pay for the new medical certification cards if they need to be done that much in advance of their expiration dates.

  5. I payed for a medical card one year ago, it is good for two years I registered it. Shortly after that I got a job an they sent me to get new card that was only good for a year and they registered that and it will expire soon. I took the original”the first card to dmv tx and registered it.Will that be sufficient in providing proof of eligibility? Has me worried greatly that I may get a license cancellation in the mail

    • @Jim
      All this now depends on time frames and reporting processes.
      First card was good for two years and then a one year card. Why? What changed?
      Next – If the second card was issued after May 21, 2014 then your medical card will expire in one year according to FMCSA records.
      The state has its own set of rules and records. So your original 2-year card is what may still be in the system. Just check with your DMV, they can tell you what is going on. I doubt that they will over-ride a two year card because of a new one, but I would question it and not assume anything.

    • Brandon says:

      I would assume the answer to that would be no. Reason being, you knowingly knew you got a new card for one year. The reason you got the card for one year instead of two is for health reasons which could ultimately render you ineligible to operate a CMV. You should have been honest and forthcoming when you sent your medical card. Unless you had already sent the two year card and just didn’t send the new one year card you have. If you haven’t sent it in yet, you should so they can update their records. That is kind of the reason they have the database now. To stop the ones who are driving without it, and those who are not telling the truth about their health status to avoid disqualification.

    • If it was only for one year, that was likely because of a pre-existing condition, or as in some clinics cases, greed. However, the most recently updated medical card will be the one you will need to maintain.

  6. Steve Harknett says:

    I am thinking about applying for my CDL. I have a concern with the medical, my right leg is shorter the my left and my foot turns in when I walk. This does not hinder me from driving a regular vehicle but was wondering if I would be failed on the medical evaluation for this issue.

    • @Steve
      Without seeing your specific condition, it’s hard to say. But if you are not having any difficulties driving a standard vehicle then you may not run into any issues. Most likely the worst thing that would happen is that the DOT examiner would have you take a special skills test to determine what, if any, limitations you may have.

    • You will not fail because of that.

  7. Robert Frederick says:

    My current medical card expires on 07/16/14 . I took my DOT exam on the 6th of June and passed except I have to get a stress test preformed by my doctor , who is on vacation . The doctor”s office told me it could be preformed in late July. My company put me on the down board because of this even though I have a current medical card . my question is , can I get a temporary card.

    • @Robert
      The way the FMCSA regulations read is you needed to take a copy of your most recent stress test with you.
      But since most drivers didn’t know about this, you might be able to talk with the DOT examiner. Explain your situation and he may give you a 90 day card. Not a promise, just a logical explaination for your situation.

  8. NOE TORRES says:

    Texas how long it’s take to put medical card on record

    • Brandon says:

      @ Noe Torres

      I emailed my card to them, a copy of it in PDF format as they state to send it. I received an email confirmation that they received it and updated it. So I would assume it’s as soon as they get it they “call it good” at the very least. I received the confirmation email a couple days after I emailed the card to them.

  9. Hi, my father is a truck driver for TDCJ for the last 22 years and he went to have his DOT physical and was told they could not renew due to his heart defibulator. His license is good until mid-August so he is still driving but I’ve seen in various other states they offer waivers. These waivers state that if the device has not been alarmed in 6 months they grant the waiver. My father has had it since 2003 and never had anything happen, so does Texas have a similar program?

  10. Trying to get my medical card to drive but was denied because I had blood in my urine that isn’t detectable by the naked eye. Told to get an mri by my doctor but who has the money without insurance and out of work. Is it true that they can deny me because of the blood. Couldn’t that be something that could be checked out after I get back to work. What does blood in urine have to do with driving a truck?

    • @David
      Blood in your urine is an indicator that there is a problem.
      You should have yourself checked out by a urologist long before you have an MRI. It may be nearly nothing or it can be serious. Proper testing will answer the questions. But an MRI first? Get it checked out first then follow your doctors recommendations.

      • Thanks for your reply but I still don’t understand why I can’t get my card to drive. I could understand if it was something to do with my heart and I might would have a heart attack while driving and cause an accident. But this is just unseen blood in my urine. I passed every other part of the physical and this could be cleared up after I go back to work. I can’t understand how blood in my urine would affect my ability to drive or cause any danger to the public if I went back to driving while I was having it checked out by a urologist. Even a temporary 3 month card would give me the chance to go back to work while having it checked out but they wouldn’t even give me that.

        • @David
          I don’t understand why you can’t get a three month card so you can get this condition checked out and still be working.
          So ask the examiner for his line of reasoning for no 90 day medical card. That’s my only suggestion at this point.

  11. Mark Lucas says:

    Who or where can I get a PHONE # so I can call and see where/ what the statics my Health Card is at.
    I sent it off three weeks ago!!! I need to get to work????

    • @Mark
      See the information above. We’ve added a link to a page on Texas DPS that lets you look up the address and phone number of a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement office by city.
      Hope this helps.

  12. phyllis donelson says:

    if the form was returned for the self certification but haven’t heard anything what do I do

  13. Roxanna Valerio says:

    I went in for a recertification for my dot cdl medical card and was only given a 3 month certification. The doctor said this was due to my high bmi and the circumference of my neck which he says should be 16 inches and lower for a woman. Mine was 16 1/4 inch. He stated because the results that this indicated a high risk of me falling asleep behind the wheel. He advised me that I would have 3 months to complete a sleep study for sleep apnea. Is this true? Back in 2012 when I went for the first time for my dot cdl medical card and my neck was not measured. Nor was my bmi a problem. My weight remains the same as the last time. Please help me with my question. Provide for me a website that shows this is a new requirement for dot physicals.

    • @Roxanna
      The simplest answer to your question is NO, it’s not true.
      This issue is coming up a lot. Refer to our FAQ on sleep disorders for more information.
      Just ask the examiner to show you the law/regulation. There isn’t one. There is a lot of misinformation being spread around by people and organizations that stand to profit from telling the same old story over and over.
      Just politely ask: “Show me the regulation / law?”

  14. I am not applying for a CDL license but the company I am inquiring requires I take a DOT exam. What are the rules for getting a DOT card if I do not nor will I have/get a CDL license.

    • @Jerry
      If you will be operating a vehicle that weighs more than 10,001 lbs. or is being used for commerce, then you need medical certificate. Not a cdl, just a medical certificate to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

  15. Isidro landa says:

    My medicable card expierd may4 but i havent renewed my medicable card do i have a grace piriod to register the needs one or iam going to be down graded

  16. Kenneth says:

    If not driving a truck for the next year or two, do I (or can) I get a card when I start back to driving. Do I need to keep a current medicial card even though I am not driving?

    • @Kenneth
      Texas regulations state that you need a medical card for both interstate and intrastate, so you can’t even get around this by changing the category of commerce you self-certify.
      If you don’t have a medical card you will be downgraded to non-CDL. You may have to test again when you reapply to get upgraded.
      Check with your local DPS to be sure.

  17. alyssa hansen says:

    IS THERE A PLACE TO FIND OUT IF A CDL IS STILL ACTIVE OR BEEN REVOKED DUE TO DIABETES? ALMOST 3 MONTHS AGO WENT IN FOR RANDOM AND WAS TOLD THAT TESTED FOR DIABETES AND HAD A PERIOD OF TIME TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL AND ON THE PROPER MADS ANDTHEN GO BACK AND GET A MED CARD RENUED HOWEVER NOW BEING TOLD THAT IT WAS REVOKED BECAUSE OF BLOOD SUGER LEVELS DURING ANOTHER RANDOM THAT WAS JUST TAKEN 3 DAYS AGO

    • @Alyssa
      There is no such thing as a random test that looks for sugar in your urine. So I have no idea about your testing.
      To find out about your license, you’ll need to call your DMV in your home state and check with them.

  18. One of my drivers med card expired on 5-3-2014, which was Saturday. I called him and told him he was not legal to haul Monday, even though it fell on a Saturday.
    I can get him in and out on Monday morning, but for future reference, if it falls on a weekend does he have until midnight the following workday?

    • @Gary
      By law the medical card expires at midnight, on the date of experation. There is no grace period. So you may be taking a chance and put your drivers license at risk.

  19. Dane Holleron says:

    Doctors often will issue temporary medical cards for CDL holders that need additional attention for various reasons like high blood pressure etc.

    Question: For Texas CDL Drivers, Is there a limit on the days from expiration for new medical cards for recertification purposes? 60 days? 90 days?

    • @Dane
      It’s real easy. At midnight of the date on your medical certificate, you now have an expired medical card. So if the card was for 30 days, that’s all you have.

  20. I sent in (by fax) to austin my cert affidavit and checked box 4. How long does it take to know when I dont have it.

  21. jesse castillo says:

    I currently have a cdl license but not a driver at the moment in another field of work that doesnt require me to use my license was I also required to summit a Dot medical record in and if so what option do I have to keep my cdl license

    • @ Jesse
      It seems pretty easy. No medical card, no class A drivers license. This is true in most states. There are a couple of states that are allowing class A drivers to maintain their license without a medical card. Check with your state and see if they are one. If not, get a new medical card or give up your class A and downgrade to a standard license.

  22. Tom Carnley says:

    I have had a class A cdl in Texas since 78. In 2000 I retired from trucking but still have my cdl. I really dont need a cdl anymore, so can I just downgrade to class C?

  23. Jonathan Roust says:

    I been out of the states for 2 months and I havent been able to get there I will be there in march what happens if i send all my paper work after jan 31st?

    • @Jonathan
      The consequences for not certifying by the deadline, or not updating DMV with your renewed medical card, differ from state to state. Some states have a grace period, some charge a reinstatement fee, some require retesting.

      Looks like in Texas you are SOL! We just looked up the information for you on the Texas DPS website.

      Refer to question: What if I do not provide the DL office with my self-certification and my medical examiner’s certificate with any required variance document, if required, by January 30, 2014?
      Texas DPS answer: The Department will notify you that you are no longer medically certified to operate a CMV in non-excepted Interstate/Intrastate commerce and will remove all your CDL privileges from your license. If you are downgraded in January 2014, you will receive a new Class C license in the mail. After that date, you must visit your local DL Office to receive a new license. Please note if your CDL is downgraded to a Class C you must retake all CDL written and driving test to reestablish your CDL.

      [insert expletive here] Sorry. Please don’t shoot the messenger.

  24. Mark McGowan says:

    Ok I’ve had my CDL since I was 16 when I work for a Car dealer… so It says in Texas that if you had your CDL before I believe 1996 you were grandfather in for no medical card, if you only drive interstate, so what goes now the state you live in or national rules..

  25. Went and took care of mine yesterday. As long as you go up to the local dps and file today before 5pm you will be in the system. They are back logged in Austin with over 150k drivers. Going to take a year to get everyone processed.

  26. I faxed all my stuff in to the state back in December. Got a letter yesterday saying category I selected does not match my DL on file. I have to take a day off from work to hopefully clear this up. Do you know if I get this cleared up tomorrow will it have time to make jan 30th deadline? Thanks in advance for info.

    • @Erick
      Can’t assure you of anything since we are not affiliated with the DMV or any agencies.
      Get it in tomorrow, and that’s the best you can do.
      We’ll be watching out for, and report any information / (January 30th) deadline changes because the situation seems quite chaotic across many states.

  27. Just curious is a medical card required if only operate in the state of Texas I know it was not require before did they change that?

  28. Xavier P. Cano says:

    once I have sent all the required documentation how do I know they have received them is there a #ph I can call to enquire this matter..
    please advise

    • @Xavier
      You don’t say if you have already sent in your documentation or not.
      We don’t know of a number to call and inquire.
      Most States are sending letters to drivers who are not yet in the system, so you should get a letter if there is a problem.
      If you haven’t yet sent in your information, your best bet at this stage is to email in your documents, or fax them in. Keep email or fax proof that you sent them.

  29. you to fax cdlmedical cards in so loose only thing i have and never get thur
    guess i’m sol but feds state of texas doesn’t every care I stuck in charlotta ,nc
    in damn motle wanting to come home in my big rig if driver it I go to jail this
    is bs day january 14 2014 my time is up still cann’t get thur austin to hq txdps
    my lic are cann’t stop them from can my lively hood .

  30. LaToya Bowers says:

    I hold a cdl class b license im not sure what box to check? Im not currently driving at this time but i would like to keep my license and not loose them. Do I send anything else with this self-certificate affidavit besides the DOT?

    • @LaToya
      For more information on which box to check, read our blog post New FMCSA Medical Regulations.
      Send in the self-certification affidavit and a copy of your valid/current DOT medical certificate.
      (If you have a variance from FMCSA, you’ll need to send that in too. If you do have one, you’ll know what this is, otherwise don’t worry about it.)

  31. Not sure which box to check we farm and have farm tags. On occasion we do cross the state line so I assume it’s 1 or 3 just not sure which one. Thanks

  32. if i got my license in 2013,am i on file already,or do i have to send my medical card in to dps?

  33. I got my DOT card in December of 2012; and therefore, it is good through December 2014. At the time I was unaware that this was a new requirement and that it needed to be sent in. It states that the requirements are within 15 days of getting your medical card so does that mean I would need to have a new one issued? Please advise. Thanks for your help in advance.

    • @Kent
      When you submit your Self-certification Affidavit to Texas DPS, also submit a copy of your current medical card valid to December 2014, and it will be good.
      In the future – The 15 day requirement for a new medical card, means that when your current medical card expires (December 2014), you have 15 days to get a new medical card on file with your CDL record at DPS, to keep your CDL valid.

  34. Is there a way I can get another copy of my DOT card?

  35. Rudy Zepeda says:

    Is there a list I can check to make sure all of my drivers have filed a self certification affidavit?

  36. dave mcgill says:

    I currently hold a tex class A cdl. I do not transport any type of cargo. my employment is a sales rep with the operation of a company car. the only requirement was a pre employment drug screen . i maintain the cdl to move a company truck in an emergency situation only. must i still get a med cert even if i do not transport cargo or equipment ?

    • @Dave
      I would check with your state DMV. In some states, you must maintain a valid medical card to keep your class A CDL. But that changes from state to state. Or you may be able to downgrade your driver’s license to a class B or D and not have to have a valid medical certificate.

  37. Joe Renn Rackley says:

    I submitted my CDL Self-Affidavit via FAX several days ago and have not gotten any feedback as to whether it was received, filed, etc. Is there any way to check on that or do I just hear something if it does not get where it should be and my license is downgraded?

    Hope to hear from you via email soon.

    Thanks,

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