Do CDL licenses expire? How long is a CDL license valid?

  • Do CDL licenses expire? How long is a CDL license valid?

    Do CDL licenses expire? How long is a CDL license valid?

    A CDL may be valid anywhere for 5 to 8 years, depending on your State of residence. To maintain the CDL, you have to have a yearly physical exam to ensure you are healthy enough for the job. But then your license is good to go until the day it expires!

    Commercial Driver’s Licenses expire, just like any personal license would. You are required to renew your CDL license on time.

    What happens if my CDL license expires while I am on the road?

    If you are on the road working as your license expires, you could face severe consequences. The State issues the license but the Department of Transportation (DOT) is the Federal agency that mandates it. So if you are pulled over, you could lose your CDL license (and no longer be able to drive trucks). Read below to learn more about penalties from an expired CDL.

    Can you drive with an expired license?

    It is highly recommended that you do not drive with an expired license. You will face fines, fees and penalties on your license and could even have it revoked. If you are pulled over with an expired license, you could face a traffic ticket, and a steep fine. A court could require you to then provide proof of a driver’s license which means you will have to adhere to a specific court date in order to reduce the fine, which is going to be more trouble than it is worth. You could also have points added to your license, see your insurance premiums increase, or incur other penalties. So, stay on top of things, and get your licensed renewed on time! It’s a simple process and can save you a whole lot of frustration.

    How do you renew your CDL license?

    It is important to think ahead and renew the license before the expiration date. Oftentimes you will be mailed a reminder to do so about a month in advance. Some States allow you to renew in person, online or by mail, while others require you to only renew in person. This varies depending on the rules of each State’s motor vehicle department.

    Requirements for a CDL renewal include an application form. You can fill it out in person or print it and mail it in. This form usually requires that you:
    · Provide a recent eye exam to show that have acceptable vision to drive commercial vehicles. (Or you may need to do an eye test at the DMV)
    · Provide a copy of your Medical Examiner’s Certificate (if applicable).
    · Pay for all applicable license renewal fees (which vary by State).
    If your CDL has been expired for a while, (hopefully you have not been driving around with it this way) you may need to re-test completely, which means you will need to re-take and pass both the written exam and road test. You may also be responsible for paying all new application fees (which are usually more expensive than a renewal). Depending on the State you are registered in, this could be the case if your CDL has been expired anywhere from as little as 60 days to 3 years.

    NETTTS’ CDL Training School is just a click away!

    For CDL drivers, renewing a CDL that is about to expire is usually a simple process that can be done online -anywhere you find Wi-Fi or internet access. And finding out more about NETTTS’ CDL training school is easiest done online! Don’t waste any time; Change your future by finding out more online today or call us at (800) 542-0009. Currently, we’re able to offer you Class A and Class B CDL training in and around the following areas: Pawtucket, RI, North Andover, MA, Bridgeport, CT, and Hartford/Springfield MA.

    Mike Demars

    Mike Demars

    Mike Demars is a 28-year trucking veteran, as well as a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training School with well over a million miles logged on the road. Prior to being the Regional Director of Safety & Training for our Connecticut locations, Mike spent over a decade on the road as an owner/operator of a long haul transportation company and previously managed drivers as a Driver Manager and Safety Director. He has achieved the level of Master Instructor and holds his certificate in Collision Avoidance, and is often sought as an industry expert to discuss practices within the field and to testify in transportation and trucking matters.

    Comments (10)

    • Larry Klima

      my cdl license is due to expire 4/2/20. Is the renewal time extended and if so, for how long?

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    • Alberto Torres

      Hi my CDL expire in july 31 I have problem because handicap for make big line please any información in New Jersey thankyou.

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    • ANNA CROWE

      i HAVE A GRANDSON WHO IS IN TDCJ HE WAS THERE WHEN HE WAS TO GET HIS PHYSICAL FOR HIS CDL NOW HE HAS BEEN TRANSFERED TO TRUSTEE UNIT WHERE HE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DRIVE WHAT STEPS DOES HE NEED TO TAKE TO GET HIS CDL STATUS REINSTATED.. THANK YOU MY PLEAS SEND ME A MESSAGE
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      WILL BE APPRECIATED.. I DO HAVE POWER ATTY FOR HIM SO I CAN ASK THESE QUESTIONS LEGALLY. THANK YOU ANNA CROWE

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    • Vance P Johnson

      I had a CDL issued in Aug. 2013 in the State of Nevada with Pass endorsement. I have not used since this date . Due to incarceration is my license still valid? According to DMV website you have to renew every 8 years. Its impossible to contact DMV -long wait due to COVID. Any info you can provide would be great. Thank You.

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    • Victor Iglesias

      Hi, I graduated from driving school almost 3 yrs ago my license cdl expires in 2026,I know my physical has expires so far I have not taken a driving job for family reasons,can I still apply for a job and take the physical without a problem. Thanks

      Reply
    • Jimmy
      • Jimmy
      • September 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Do You need a physical to renew your CDL

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      • Jimmy Davis

        Do I need a physical to renew a CDL

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      • Justin Wasserback

        It’s best to check with your states’ individual requirements

        Reply
    • Michael R. Wilder

      Hello. I stopped driving several years ago but am thinking about getting back on the road and I wonder what is the best route to do that. I don’t think that I need to go back through school again having driven for the better part of a decade but it has been close to 15 years since I last drove so I know I need updating on current DOT regs such as with the hours of service and electronic logging and a bit of refreshment in the truck wouldn’t be a bad idea either. I’m just trying to figure out the best way to go about getting my license back in the least amount of time and of course for the least amount of money. I am a veteran and technically disabled though not in such a way as to prevent me from getting a CDL for whatever that’s worth as far as the costs of whatever training I may need. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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      • Justin Wasserback

        Hi Mike – we’d love to be able to help get you back behind the wheel if we’re able to. If you live in the Northeast/New England area give us a call at 800-333-2888 or send an email to info@nettts.com and we can connect more specifically on your situation. Thanks!

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