Commercial Driver License Downgrades
What must I do if I get a NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND LICENSE DOWNGRADE?
If the cause is "Failed to comply with Commissioners request to submit acceptable medical documentation"
You must immediately submit a copy of your USDOT Medical Examiners Certificate to the Medical Certification Unit.
If the cause is "Your US DOT Medical Examiners certificate has expired"
You must immediately submit an updated copy of your USDOT Medical Examiners Certificate to the Medical Certification Unit.
If the cause is "Your Medical Variance has expired, or your USDOT Medical Examiners Certificate or your Medical Variance has been rescinded or revoked"
You must contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or your Medical Examiner to have this issue resolved.
You can send the required documents to DMV by mail, fax or e-mail.
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Medical Certification Unit
PO Box 2601
Albany, NY 12220-0601
Fax: (518) 486-4421 / (518) 486-3260
You can monitor your medical certification status by creating an account through our MyDMV service. There is no fee to check your Medical Certification Status through MyDMV.
What will happen if I don't respond to the NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND LICENSE DOWNGRADE?
Failure to respond to the NOTICE OF NON-COMPLIANCE AND LICENSE DOWNGRADE will result in your Commercial Driver License automatically being downgraded to a Non-CDL class and/or your Commercial Learner Permit being cancelled as of the effective date on the notice. We strongly recommend that you submit your required information to the Medical Certification Unit at least 20 days before the effective date of the downgrade. This will allow for receipt and processing time.
If the downgrade/cancellation occurs, your must complete and present an application to reinstate your commercial privileges in person at a DMV office. All normal transaction fees will apply. If you are a Commercial Learner Permit holder, you will need to retake any applicable knowledge tests you passed more than 180 days from the date you apply for reinstatement.
If you no longer want a Commercial Driver License/ Commercial Learner Permit, you can get a non-commercial duplicate license online after the “Effective Date” on the downgrade notice. The commercial class license document in your possession will no longer be valid.
Note: You may be charged with a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) if you operate a commercial motor vehicle when
- not medically certified (VTL 509 (7-a))
- not in possession of the appropriate license to operate the vehicle (VTL 509(7), or
- not holding the appropriate class of license to operate the vehicle VTL 509(2)
Sections 509(2) and 509(7) are considered” serious” disqualifying offenses under federal and state law, when committed in a commercial motor vehicle. If you are convicted of more than one “serious”, you commercial driver license may be suspended.