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ATTENTION CDL HOLDERS

If you have any question(s) regarding a recent notification you received from MVC, please read this before contacting the MVC:

As per Federal regulations, all commercial driver license holders are required to submit a current CDL Holder Self-Certification notice and Medical Examiner’s Certificate. The Motor Vehicle Commission has notified all CDL holders of this requirement and instructed drivers to mail in their information to the CDL Unit if required.

As a result of these federal regulations, MVC is in the process of updating our systems and databases, consequently you may have already received a second notice.  To ensure our records are accurate, MVC is asking drivers to submit valid information even if you have complied with a previous notice. 

Starting June 9, 2014, a second notification letter was sent to CDL drivers for one or more of the following reasons:

  • MVC records indicate that a CDL Holder Self-Certification notice or a medical examiner certificate was not submitted.
  • The medical examiner certificate submitted has expired
  • Information submitted could not be processed due to missing information on the medical examiner certificate
  • The information contained on the medical examiner certificate was not legible and could not be processed.

If you have received this second notification letter, please submit a fully completed, legible and current medical examiner’s certificate along with a self-certification document so that your information can be processed to reflect compliance.  Information may be mailed to the:

Motor Vehicle Commission
CDL Unit PO Box 685
Trenton, NJ 08666

If you wish to downgrade your CDL license (or have already done so) you do not need to comply with the notification that was mailed to you.  Please go to your nearest MVC agency to downgrade to a basic driver license.

Commercial Driver License Medical Certificate

In accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations C.F.R. 383.73(o), New Jersey commercial driver license (CDL) holders must submit a valid (non-expired) medical certificate to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Failure to submit a valid Medical Certificate or a Medical Variance may result in your CDL being disqualified. The Medical Examiner's Certificate is available on this website. If your CDL is disqualified, you will not be legally permitted to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).  If your CDL is disqualified, you may also be required to retest prior to reinstatement of your CMV operating privileges.  Federal regulations regarding medical certificates encompass interstate CDL holders subject to 49 C.F.R. 391 et seq. and intrastate CDL holders subject to state regulations.

Every CDL holder licensed in New Jersey must submit a signed CDL Holder Self Certification.  This document is available on this website or at any MVC Agency. If you are a current New Jersey CDL holder do not submit the Self-Certification until you receive a notice in the mail.  Even if you are renewing your CDL, please do not submit the Self Certification at this time until you receive your notice in the mail. If you are an initial, first time NJ CDL applicant, the Self-Certification must be submitted when you receive your CDL. Please carefully review the categories listed and choose the category that best fits your type of driving. If you meet the excepted requirements please check the appropriate box for category 2 or 4.  If you checked box 2 or 4, you will only need to submit the Self-Certification; you need not send a medical certificate or variance. However, if you have a Passenger (P) endorsement, The Motor Vehicle Commission requires ALL P endorsement holders, including government workers, to submit a valid medical certificate in order to maintain the P endorsement on their CDL. N.J.A.C. 13:21-14.5(c) (6) If you checked box 1 or 3, you will need to submit the Self-Certification and valid medical certificate.

The MVC must receive your Self-Certification and medical certificate, or variance to update the federal commercial driver license system. Failure to do so may affect your ability to renew your CDL, or your CDL may be disqualified, resulting in the removal of your privilege to operate a CMV.  Incomplete forms or an expired Medical Certificate will not be accepted for compliance.

Should you have any questions related to the completion or submission of required forms, please send questions by email to cdl.unit@dot.state.nj.us  or call the MVC CDL Unit at 609-292-7500 ex 5077.