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    Ca. requires you to have a current medical on file with DMV in order to keep your license valid. If your medical expires, you CDL is now a Class "C". However, just go and get a medical and send it off to the State and your Class "C" will become a CDL again. You should check to see how long you can have an invalid CDL before it becomes permanent. In Az., after 1 year of inactivity, your inactive CDL will become a permanent Class "3". Then you would need to start over again.


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    Glad I live in PA. Don't know if a valid medical card is required or not. Never been asked by my local licensing center if I had one.

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    How to Renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Texas

    Submitted by deniz on Tue, 12/02/2008 - 03:16

    Renewing a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Texas is a relatively simple process compared to applying for a new CDL.
    PROCEDURES FOR RENEWING YOUR COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE

    1. A renewal notice will be sent to you indicating when your current CDL will expire. If your CDL has been lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement CDL, rather than a renewal.
    2. You must renew your CDL in person, at your local Driver License office. You cannot renew your CDL if you are residing outside Texas.
    3. Bring the following items with you to the local DMV office, when renewing your commercial driver's license:
    4. Your current Texas Commercial driver's license.
    5. Residential address proof.
    6. Your Texas Commercial Driver's License renewal notice.
    7. A valid Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) long form physical. If in the last two years you have been in possession of a valid Texas CDL, the requirement for the written exam or the driving skills test might be waived. However, these requirements cannot be waived for getting or maintaining an endorsement for hazardous materials.
    8. You must also bring the correct CDL renewal fee. Fees vary, depending on your age and the endorsements on your CDL. A nominal fee of $10.00 is necessary for any change in the type of license or upgrade in the class of vehicle for which the CDL is issued. Check with your local Driver License office on the exact fee before arriving for the renewal.
    I found this on the internet. I am going to contact TxDOT about renewel procedures. Their website is very vague about it.
    The medical exam just makes it even more expensive to renew a CDL.

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    It is in the works that all states are to be the same and require that when a CDL is issued, that the medical card be in effect.

    If the medical expires while the cdl is in effect, then a notice is to be sent for the current one to be put on file to reinstate it.

    Just one more problem for the driver to deal with.

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    That sucks because the DOT medical card is only good for 24 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frdr View Post
    That sucks because the DOT medical card is only good for 24 months.
    Some with Blood Pressure issues are less.

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    I believe the FMCSA is trying to make the entire process more uniform with several changes.
    They are in the process of making a list of "approved" medical providers that will be able to give the new "enhanced" physical. This is meeting with some resistance from the trucking industry and is still in the works.

    But because the current credential can be so easily forged, at the same time they want the "approved " medical facility to electronically notify the state license bureau, and eliminate the need for a second document, a medical card. it would be right on your license just like the endorsement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sido View Post
    I got my CDL when I was 18. I don't drive commercially anymore, but I like to keep the license as a backup.

    If you don't operate commercially, do you still need the medical card to renew? (when you apply or renew, I believe you check a box saying you don't fall under CFR 391, but I don't know what this box actually does).

    I recently moved to California, and the DMV tried telling me I need a medical card on file with the state at all times otherwise my license would be reduced. I find this hard to believe, especially if I'm not driving commercially, but, unlike other states where you can easily find the laws and challenge the DMV (I've done this before, it is amazing how they don't know their own laws and will readily tell you the wrong information), I was not able to find this in the California code anywhere.

    My second question is about the actual license process. Have any of you ever transferred your CDL to California? They waive the drive test, but I have to take 6 written tests for each of my endorsements. I failed some already (it's been a while since I read the CDL manual). Do you know, if you fail more than 3 times and have to start the process over, is it simply pay the money and re-test, or does it mean I have to do the entire process over from the start?

    Thanks for your help!
    It doesn't matter if you drive commercially or not (I mean, DMV doesn't care if you get paid or not). I haven't driven for hire since 2001, but I keep my CDL and medical current (I like having the CDL in my wallet, I guess). No current medical means no CDL.

    When we moved from Oregon to California in 2006, I had to provide a current medical form (you can't just show them the card) and take the written exams to transfer my license. I recall only three tests: basic Class A, air brakes, doubles. Easy. I didn't bother with HazMat (I knew I wasn't going to drive again commercially and the hassle wasn't worth it). No road test.

    On the back of the green card it says, "Driver must keep this card in his or her possession at all times while driving." I think that means even when driving a car/SUV/pickup. It also says, "This card is valid only if there is a current medical examination report on file with DMV." It's not tied to whether or not you drive commercially.

    I don't know about failing and retests.

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    Oregon and california,

    that just about sums that up !!!!

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    Forgot to mention that the CDL physical is simple: flirt with hot blonde nurse, breathe, piss, cough.

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