Complete your commercial driver's license self-certification

All Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders must tell the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) if they plan to operate within the state or outside of the state, and if they're required to have a medical certificate.

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What you need

All Commercial Driver's License (CDL) holders are required under federal regulation to inform the RMV of the type of commerce they plan to operate within (interstate or intrastate) and whether or not they are required to hold a medical certificate. This notification is called self-certification. It is called self-certification because the driver alone needs to determine the self-certification category he/she falls into based on his/her driving information.

Drivers who wish to obtain, or who currently have a CDL that is being renewed, upgraded, or transferred from another state, are required to complete their CDL self-certification.

How to register

You can fill out the required information online to self-certify for your CDL. You will need to provide your:

  • First and last name
  • Driver's license, ID, or learner's permit number
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth

If you are a non-exempt driver, you must also upload a valid, legible version of your current federal medical certificate. Submission of a fraudulent document may result in a driver's license suspension.

If you are unable to self-certify online, you can bring your completed CDL Self-Certification form to an RMV Service Center to self-certify in person.

You can mail your completed CDL Self-Certification form to:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
Driver Licensing Department
PO Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205

More info

There are four self-certification categories:

  • Non-Excepted Interstate (NI) - You operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and must meet the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card requirements
  • Excepted Interstate (EI) - You operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and do not have to meet the federal DOT medical card requirements
  • Non-Excepted Intrastate (NA) - You operate only in intrastate commerce and must meet state driver qualification requirements and obtain a medical examiner’s certificate
  • Excepted Intrastate (EA) - You only operate in intrastate commerce and do not have to meet the federal DOT medical card requirements

Compliance Requirements

Failure to initially provide self-certification information and a copy of a medical certificate, if a driver requires one, will result in the downgrade of the driver’s Commercial Driver's License to a Class D Passenger driver's license.

 

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