How to renew a CDL

 

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

 

IMPORTANT: DMV is now sending renewal notices to CDL clients, that give specific instructions on how to renew by mail. DMV encourages CDL clients to renew using these renewal notices, and to follow the enclosed instructions. Most CDL clients can now renew by mail but there are exceptions where a client will be instructed to make a reservation to visit a DMV office.

If your commercial driver license has expired and you have not received a renewal notice, you may mail-in 

  • a completed MV-44 form
  • your Medical Examiner’s Certificate, Form MCSA-5876, (if applicable)
  • a check or money order payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles,” with your 9-digit driver license number on it
  • a photocopy of your license document
  • photocopies of your required proof documents of legal presence

Mail to:           

Utica Processing Center
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501



What you need to renew 

In addition to meeting the requirements to renew any type of driver license, to renew your CDL you will need to:

1) Meet the Federal Medical certification requirements 

You will need to indicate compliance when you answer the required questions on the MV-2CDL which is included with your renewal notice. See information about the Federal Medical Certification Requirements.

 

2) Have proof of your legal presence in the United States on DMV records

The DMV Document Guide lists all acceptable legal presence and New York State residence proof documents. 

If you not changing your address: Attach a photocopy of your license document to satisfy the New York State residency requirement.

If you must renew in-person at a DMV office: You must present original copies of your residence proof and legal presence documentation. 

If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident: You will only need to provide this proof on the first (original, amendment, reciprocity, or renewal) application on or after June 18, 2015. We will retain the proof on your driving record. If you have not provided these documents, you may submit photocopies with your mail-in renewal. 

If you are a temporary visitor: You will need to provide proof of legal presence in the U.S. with every application. Your new document will have the legend “NON-DOMICILED” and also “TEMPORARY VISITOR” and the expiration date of your legal status in the United States printed on it. If you are renewing by mail, you can submit photocopies of your legal presence proof documents.

If you indicate NI (Non-excepted Interstate) or NA (Non-excepted Intrastate) on your renewal: If you indicate the driving types NI (Non-excepted Interstate) or NA (Non-excepted Intrastate) on your renewal, you must provide a legible copy of your current USDOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate to DMV if it is not already on file. Please see Federal Requirements for Commercial Driver License (CDL) Applicants (pdf) (MV-44.5) to help you determine your driving type.

 

3) Have no open suspensions or revocations on your record

Per Federal regulations, the DMV will check for any open suspensions or revocations you have in any state.  If you have an open suspension or revocation, we will reject your application.

 

Renew by mail


Follow the instructions on your renewal notice

Your renewal notice will tell you if you can renew by mail and will provide specific instructions.  If your renewal notice instructs you to renew at an office, you cannot renew by mail.  

You must provide photocopies of your documents (not the originals), and the documents you submit as proof of residence must have your current residence address on it (no P.O. Box permitted). 

If your CDL has expired and you have not received a renewal notice

Mail

  • a completed Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (PDF) MV-44 
  • your Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MCSA-5876), (if applicable)
  • a check or money order payable to “Commissioner of Motor Vehicles,” with your 9-digit driver license number on it
  • a photocopy of your license document
  • photocopies of your required proof documents of legal presence

To

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Utica Processing Center
P.O. Box 359
Utica, NY 13503

 

Fees

The renewal fees listed include the photo document fee and the supplemental Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee if required. 1

Commercial driver license classes and fees
Commercial Driver License ClassFee+ MCTD Fee
A, B or C (Standard or REAL ID)$164.50$180.50
A, B or C (Enhanced)$194.50$210.50

If you have any other class combined with a motorcycle Class M or MJ (example: AM), add $8.00 to the fee above.

If you have an endorsement of H or X, you must pass the hazardous materials knowledge test at a DMV office within 2 years before your renewal and pay an additional fee of $5 for the test. 

  • 1. Residents of the following counties must pay a supplemental Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee: the Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island); Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.


    The MCTD fee is $1.00 for every 6 months the permit or driver license will be in effect. For an 8-year driver license, the MCTD fee is $16.