Virginia CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Virginia CDL Requirements

Federal regulations require all Virginia CDL holders to certify the type of commercial operation they’re engaged in.

You have until January 30, 2014 to provide DMV with your Commercial Driver’s License Self Certification form and if applicable, any medical documentation.

Existing CDL and CDL instruction permit holders will be notified by mail of the new CDL certification and medical requirements. Included in the letter is a FAQ sheet and a CDL Self Certification form.

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

Intrastate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements or have a state-approved Medical Waiver.


Submit Your Self-Certification and Medical Certificate to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Submit the following two documents:

  1. COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL) SELF-CERTIFICATION – download the form (DL 8) here from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Copy of your valid DOT MEDICAL CARD or your state-approved medical variance/waiver letter. Enlarge the copy to ensure that all information is legible.

By Mail:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver Support
PO Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269-0001

By Fax:

Submit online at

Uploaded documents must be in a .pdf, .jpeg, .doc or .doc* format.
Instructions on how to submit online can be found here.

In Person:
Visit any Customer Service Center.


Keep Your Medical Certificate Current With Virginia DMV

Before your medical card expires you must have a new medical examination and obtain a new medical certificate. You are responsible for providing your valid medical certificate to Virginia DMV.

If you do not keep your medical card up to date with Virginia DMV you status will be changed to “not-certified”, your CDL will be canceled and your driver license will be downgraded.

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


Other Information:

Virginia DMV official website

Virginia CDL Self Certification Frequently Asked Questions


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. Brian says

    I have Commercial Vehicle Drivers in VA, NC and SC. None of which are required to have a CDL meaning, all of our trucks are over 10,000lbs but below 26,001lbs. I understand our drivers involved in interstate travel (crossing state lines) need a Medical Examiners Certificate. What about our drivers who stay within their respective states (VA, NC, SC)?

  2. Brian Valentine says

    Was just advised by a driver of this. Todays date is the 30th! And we have had a slight storm and the roads are not safe. What the heck needs to be done, I am not actively driving but would like to keep my cdl.

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