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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  – 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. William says

    I want to know how come someone that’s already been diagnosed with sleep apnea if they are not in compliance then they can’t renew their medical card but someone that is just diagnosed and still not in compliance can get their medical card it does not make any sense to me I can’t even get a temporary card to bring my stuff up so how my supposed to keep working especially when the last time I got my medical card I didn’t need any of this and now I do I would love to know why

    • says

      It appears that you are working with an CME who does not understand what you need to do so that he can do what he needs to do. You should be given a temporary card, so you can provide the needed information. And someone who has just been diagnosed with sleep apnea is supposed to go through a waiting period to show compliance. Somebody does not understand how this is supposed to work.
      See this article on Sleep Apnea and Your CDL for more information on compliance and certification.

  2. josh says

    When I go to renew my health card at my Cdl physical will I be given a drug test. I am not working for any company or driving at all right now but want to keep my Cdl current. Please respond. Thank you. Have to have a updated medical card to DMV by April 2nd

    • says

      There is no drug testing during the DOT physical. The urine test done during the examination is to determine proper kidney function.
      Drug testing is done separately from a DOT physical, and is an employer responsibility to get done.

  3. 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)?

  4. 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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