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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. says

    I’m in the process going to a new company.I had my phsyical on Friday for my new medical card.The doctor that did the exam has disqualified me because I have been diagnosed with reless leg.I had this diagnoses since 2012 and on prescribed medication.I’m also on medication for depression.The nuerologist that prescribed the medication for the reless leg has signed off and is having my primary doctor over see the treatment.The thing I’m really confused about is that I renewed my current medical card back in February.I had disclosed all this same information back then but a different doctor is doing the new medical card.Please if anybody can give me help with I would appreciate it.Because the new doctor is wanting to see an nuerologist again before he will issue the new card.I did have a letter with me from my primary doctor clarifying that I’m okay to drive.

    Steve Walters

    • says

      You are dealing with one CME who is reading the guideline more strictly and not understanding his role in this situation and you have already dealt with someone who does understand.
      So why is the new company not accepting a valid medical card from Feb. of this year?
      And why not go back to the original examiner?
      No matter what, you need a medical release form from your prescribing doctor explain your condition and situation. That will help any CME make a better informed decision regarding your condition and situation.

  2. James Kinney says

    I haven’t drove truck since 2008 and still hold a valid class A CDL. I have just started with a company in Eau Claire, WI. On some occasions I will be delivering Job site needs from our main office. I no longer have a med card (Just haven’t taken one since last on expired), But the loads that i will be taking will only be within that state of Wisconsin and every once in a while over the 150 miles (Wisconsin only no boarder crossing) no Med Card needed rule. But I was told that as long as I have had my CDL since 1992 in the state of Wisconsin and drive a NOT FOR HIRE Truck and loads. I do not need a D.O.T. Med Card. Is this a true fact or what are the rules on this subject?

    Thank you;

    • says

      Each state is a little different, so first check with your state DLD to make the final determination.
      Most states are following federal guidelines, which is a Class A drivers license must have a valid medical card. But there are a few states that allow you to maintain a Class A without a valid medical card. That being said, these same states require a valid medical card if you are driving a Class A vehicle. Like I said, check with your DLD to make sure.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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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