Wisconsin CDL and DOT Medical Card Requirements

Wisconsin CDL Requirements

Federal regulations require that all CDL holders self-certify their category of commercial operation by January 30, 2014.

The State of Wisconsin requires all CDL drivers to have a valid DOT medical card, unless the type of commerce you drive qualifies as ‘Excepted’.

Interstate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. You are required to submit your Fed Med card to the DMV and keep it updated.

Intrastate Non-Excepted
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements. You are not required to submit your Fed Med card to DMV.


Self-Certify Online With Wisconsin DMV

  • Click this link to Self-certify Online.
    Print a copy of your application. Note: The copy is not valid to present to law enforcement or as proof you meet the commercial medical standards. The actual medical certificate and information on your record are the true verification that you meet these standards.
  • If you self-certify Interstate Non-Excepted, then you must submit your Fed Med card.
    Upload File types accepted are PDF, JPG, GIF or PNG (not to exceed 5 MB).

If you are not able to upload the file, then you may submit a copy of your medical certificate to the DMV by mail or fax.

By Mail:
Wisconsin DMV
P.O. Box 7995
Madison, WI 53707-7995

By Fax:

Although most certificates are added to your record in two to three business days, it may take up to 10 business days to complete this process.


Keep Your Medical Certificate Current With Wisconsin DMV

Before your medical card on file with Wisconsin DMV expires, submit a copy of your new Medical Certificate online, by mail, or by fax.

As described above for self-certification.

By Mail:
Wisconsin DMV
P.O. Box 7995
Madison, WI 53707-7995

By Fax:


Other Information:

Wisconsin DMV official website – Self-Certification Information Page

Questions?  Phone: 608-264-7049

Questions?  Wisconsin DMV email service

Information for Diabetes and Vision Waivers for Wisconsin Intrastate Commerce 


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. Paul says

    If a truck driver in the state of Wisconsin has a heart attack and he was grandfathered in for no fed med card does he need to get one now in order to keep driving truck?

    • says

      This needs to answered by your state DLD. Check with them, if you only drive intra-state then you need to comply with the states rules. If you drive interstate, you need a valid medical card.

  2. Concerned Mom says

    If my child’s school bus driver has an episode of shortness of breath, etc…requiring evaluation at the ER–to my knowledge prior to starting the route–and is driving the route again the next day….??? I know the ER docs to not sign fed med cards…how is this possible?

  3. Rick Husby says

    If a driver fails his dot physical can he still drive a truck with a dot number on it? If he drives a load of beer in a truck with a dot number on it and he crosses state lines, is this a serious violation or is he ok if the truck is under weight?

    • says

      Number 1, he crosses state lines making him an Interstate driver, and no DOT medical card driving a vehicle that requires one? I’m not sure about the state you are in, but in my state, it’s a healthy ticket and the company get dinged for allowing such a thing to happen.
      Also, as I read it, it isn’t what the vehicle actually weighs, it’s what the vehicle is capable of hauling in weight. So if you want to take that kind of risk…?
      I would find out why the driver failed the examination and see about helping him overcome that issue and then have him pass the exam. That way you have a qualified driver in good standing, and no other risk to you or the company.

    • says

      If your doctor still does DOT physicals, then you can still get it from your doctor.
      The new rules don’t go into effect until mid-May 2014 for you to get a DOT physical from a certified medical examiner.

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