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Utah CDL Requirements

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

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

Non-Excepted Intrastate (Utah only, requires K Restriction)
You must meet the Utah medical requirements. You must have a Utah Intrastate Waiver card.

Intrastate “K” Restriction
The Utah Medical Waiver Program considers medical conditions in specific categories. For more information see Functional Ability Evaluation Medical Report. The intrastate only (K) restriction is sufficient to indicate the driver has met the State of Utah medical guidelines for the commercial license.  To inquire about more information about the Intrastate Waiver Program, call at 801-965-4437.


Submit your CDL Self-Certification and Medical Certificate to Utah DLD

Submit the following two documents:

  1. Commercial Driver License Medical Self Certification – download the form (CDL 42) here from Utah Department of Public Safety.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate (medical card only, not the long form) or Utah Intrastate Waiver card.  Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

In Person:
At your nearest driver license office

By Mail:
Utah Driver License Division
CDL Med Cert
PO Box 144501
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4501

By Fax:

By Email:
Documents must be in PDF format.


Medical Certification Update

You are responsible for knowing when your Medical Examiner’s Certificate will expire and for providing Utah Drivers License Division with a copy of your new Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

If your DOT medical card expires, and you do not submit a renewed medical certificate your driver license will be downgraded.

You may submit a copy of your new medical card together with a Commercial Driver License Medical Self Certification form (CDL 42) to Utah Drivers License Department by mail, fax, email, or in person as described above.


Other Information:

Utah Dept of Public Safety official website – Utah Medical Card Requirements

Utah Driver License Division – Customer Service Section
Third Floor – South
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84129
Phone: 801 965-4437 or 888-353-4224



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 says

    your website states that if you don’t submit your DOT physical card that your license will be downgraded. I don’t believe this is accurate, I didn’t submit mine and they suspended my license for all types.

  2. Karla Bancroft says

    How does the company verify that the medical certificate has been received and updated by the state? It doesn’t show on the standard mvr we get thru Hire Right

  3. Dan D says

    I have type 1 diabetes and currently have a intrastate med card. I’m in the process of getting a new job where I would have to cross into Nevada to Ely. Is there a way to get a waiver to be able to leave the state?

  4. Aaron Isom says

    What if we aren’t acting with the privileges of a commercial driver? I work in a office environment now, but I don’t want to give up my CDL because I may have to drive commercially again one day. I also have a Private Pilot License, my FAA medical can expire, but if I want to fly again I have to have an up to date medical signed by a FAA medical examiner. There ought to be a wavier if you want to keep your CDL but aren’t acting as a commercial driver.

    • says

      Check with Utah DMV and see if they’ll let you self-certify “intrastate excepted” while you’re not driving commercially. Then you won’t need to have a medical certificate.
      When you want to drive again, you’ll need to get a new medical card, and change your self-certification to a non-excepted category.

  5. Leon Creach says

    What if we where overseas from 2012-2014? Just arrived 2 months ago from Germany and need to renew my medical card that expired in 2013. Do I have to loose my CDL class A cause we where station in Germany.

    • says

      Your CDL Class A is most likely still okay if you haven’t received a downgrade letter from DMV.
      Renew your medical card.
      Fax or mail a copy of your new medical card, together with your self-certification affidavit to Utah DMV.
      If you get a downgrade letter from Utah DMV, contact them and explain your position.

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