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 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. 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?

  2. 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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