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CDL Self-Certification and Medical Examiner Certificate


ATTENTION CDL HOLDERS
If you have question(s) regarding a recent notification that you received from the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), please read the information below before contacting us:

Commercial Driver License Self-Certification and Medical Examiner Certificate

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations C.F.R. 49 383.73 and New Jersey regulations N.J.A.C. 13:21-28(l) require all Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders to submit a CDL Holder Self-Certification form and a valid (non-expired) Medical Examiner’s certificate, if required. If a federal medical variance has been issued, a CDL holder will need to submit a copy of the variance along with a Medical Examiner’s certificate to the MVC.  The CDL Holder Self-Certification form is available for download or at a motor vehicle agency and a sample copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate is available for download (click on form name).

Failure to comply will result in the decertification and downgrade of your CDL license and the removal of your privilege to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV).  Incomplete forms, or an expired Medical Examiner’s Certificate will not be accepted.

Initial, first-time NJ CDL applicants must submit the CDL Holder Self-Certification form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate, if required, at the time of Commercial License Permit (CLP) issuance.  Carefully review the commerce categories listed on the CDL Holder Self-Certification form and choose the category that best fits your type of driving. CDL Drivers less than 21 years of age are only allowed to operate in intra-state (within NJ only) commerce and must select commerce category 3 or 4. Failure to submit a signed self-certification form will result in the decertification and downgrade of the CDL license and you will not be legally permitted to operate a CMV. CDL drivers that meet the excepted interstate, (category 2)  or excepted intrastate (within NJ only), (category 4) requirements will only need to submit the CDL Holder Self-Certification form and are not required to submit a Medical Examiner’s Certificate or variance unless you maintain a Passenger (P) endorsement.

CDL drivers listed as non-excepted interstate, (category 1) or non-excepted intrastate (within NJ only), (category 3) must submit a valid (non-expired), fully completed, legible Medical Examiner’s Certificate.  New Jersey regulations require all P endorsement holders to submit a Medical Examiner’s certificate to the MVC regardless of the type of commerce in which they operate.

Effective May 21, 2014, All Medical Examiner’s Certificates must be completed by a federally certified Medical Examiner.  Please visit the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiner’s to locate a federally certified Medical Examiner near you.  Failure to submit a valid, federally certified Medical Examiner’s Certificate or variance will result in the decertification and downgrade of your CDL license and you will not be legally permitted to operate a CMV.

Please mail a CDL Holder Self-Certification form along with a fully completed, legible, current Medical Examiner’s Certificate (if applicable) to: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, CDL Unit, PO Box 685 Trenton, NJ 08666-0685. Incomplete, non-legible forms or expired Medical Examiner’s Certificates will not be accepted for compliance. 


Please visit a motor vehicle agency to downgrade to a basic auto license if you no longer wish to maintain your CDL privilege.

If you have any questions, please contact the MVC's CDL Unit at 609-292-7500 ext. 5077 for assistance. Documents may also be faxed to 609-984-1245.