Washington CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Washington CDL Requirements

All CDL holders must self-certify in person between January 30, 2012 and January 30, 2014.

If you don’t self-certify before the deadline, Washington SDL will change your CDL record to show “not certified,” and you won’t legally be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle. You can return your status to normal by submitting a self-certification form and, if required, a copy of your medical certificate.

You must visit a driver licensing office to self-certify. Mailed in forms are not accepted.

 

The category you self-certify will determine whether you have to keep a medical certificate on file with Washington SDL, or not.  
See WA State Licensing Official Site

Interstate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. You must keep a current copy of your medical certificate on file with WA SDL.

Intrastate Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. You do not have to keep your medical certificate on file with WA SDL but you must carry it with you when operating a CMV.

Intrastate
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. You do not have to keep your medical certificate on file with WA SDL but you must carry it with you when operating a CMV.

 

How to Self-Certify and File your Medical Certificate

  • You must submit a completed self-certification form in person at a driver licensing office. Mailed in forms are not accepted.
  • Non-excepted interstate drivers must also submit a valid medical examiner’s certificate with the self-certification form.

 

Keep Your Medical Certificate Current With Washington Department of Licensing

The first time you self-certify as a non-excepted interstate driver, you must submit your medical certificate in person.

After that, you may mail, or fax your new medical certificate before the old one expires.

By Mail:
CDL Medical Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9030
Olympia, WA 98507-9030

By Fax:
360-570-7893

 

Other Information:
Washington State Department of Licensing – Commercial Driver License (official website)

Self-Certification and Medical Certificate FAQ

Questions:

If you have questions about your medical certificate or self-certification, you may call WA SDL at 360.902.3900 or email drivers@dol.wa.gov

 

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 recently got on with a local parcel delivery company, it is a Non CDL driving job but I am still required to carry a medical card. This would be considered an “intrastate” possition. My question is why since it is “intra-state” not “inter-state” the clinic is trying to charge over $200.00 more for the SAME med card & test, with the Only differance is the Doc marks the “Intra-State” box instead of the “Inter-State” box????

    • @Woody
      On average across the US the average fee for a DOT physical is $80 to $120.00.
      I wouldn’t pay someone $200.00 for a DOT examination unless I had no other choice (and I would complain loudly too.)

  2. ConWatcher says:

    Am I required to submit a copy of my medical certification to DOL every time it is renewed? Or does the doctors electronic copy take care of that?

    • @ConWatcher
      The bottom line is that the responsibility falls on the CDL holder to make sure their driving record is updated or they risk their CDL being downgraded or suspended.
      Since May 21, 2014, CMEs have to update the NRCME online system when doing DOT physicals. But I do not believe the State systems and the Federal systems are tied together yet.
      Here at my office in Utah, we still do a courtesy service for Utah CDL holders, and fax a copy of their medical card to Utah DMV. Although we do DOT physicals for drivers from all states, we’re not able to handle submitting to other states because they are all different.
      At this stage I recommend you submit a copy of your medical certificate to DOL every time it is renewed.
      This may change in the future when the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) is fully operational.

  3. Bean Coleman says:

    If you live in the state of WA., and have an intrastate CDL, are you required to have a physical by a certified DOT medical examiner, or a regular doctor? Also, if you have a blood pressure reading of 138/86, will you be certified for two years?

    • @Bean
      Until May 20, 2014, any qualified doctor can do your DOT physical. (Unless your company has a different policy). See our FAQ pages for more information.
      If your blood pressure reading is as stated, and you are not on a high blood pressure medication, you should not have any issues with getting a 2 year card.

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