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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.
You must meet the Federal DOT medical certificate requirements.
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:
- COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL) SELF-CERTIFICATION – download the form (DL 8) here from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
- 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.
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269-0001
Submit online at https://transfer.dmv.virginia.gov
Uploaded documents must be in a .pdf, .jpeg, .doc or .doc* format.
Instructions on how to submit online can be found here.
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.
Virginia CDL Self Certification Frequently Asked Questions
Special Information Updates Pertaining To ALL STATES
MEDICAL EXAMINERS MUST CONTINUE TO ISSUE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES TO ALL DRIVERS
The FMCSA has requested that all medical examiners continue providing drivers with a paper copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate – Form MCSA-5876, 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.
Until that system is completed, which compliance date according FMCSA is June 23, 2025, medical examiners must continue to issue paper copies of the medical certificates to drivers who pass the medical exam.
ALL DRIVERS MUST CONTINUE TO CARRY A PAPER COPY OF THEIR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
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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