How to Renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Texas
Renewing a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Texas is a relatively simple process compared to applying for a new CDL.
PROCEDURES FOR RENEWING YOUR COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE
- A renewal notice will be sent to you indicating when your current CDL will expire. If your CDL has been lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement CDL, rather than a renewal.
- You must renew your CDL in person, at your local Driver License office. You cannot renew your CDL if you are residing outside Texas.
- Bring the following items with you to the local DMV office, when renewing your commercial driver's license:
- Your current Texas Commercial driver's license.
- Residential address proof.
- Your Texas Commercial Driver's License renewal notice.
- A valid Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) long form physical. If in the last two years you have been in possession of a valid Texas CDL, the requirement for the written exam or the driving skills test might be waived. However, these requirements cannot be waived for getting or maintaining an endorsement for hazardous materials.
- You must also bring the correct CDL renewal fee. Fees vary, depending on your age and the endorsements on your CDL. A nominal fee of $10.00 is necessary for any change in the type of license or upgrade in the class of vehicle for which the CDL is issued. Check with your local Driver License office on the exact fee before arriving for the renewal.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ENDORSEMENT (HAZMAT)
If your CDL includes a Hazardous Material Endorsement that you wish to retain, you must undergo a fingerprint and background check by the Transportation Security Administration. It is necessary to do this at least a month before your CDL expires to allow for sufficient processing time.
- The renewal notice will have the date of expiration for your current CDL. At the time of license renewal, an applicant will be given the relevant fingerprint information to take to an Identix Identification Services location for getting the required background check. More details can be found here.
- For getting a HAZMAT endorsement, the written exam and driving skills test may be required again.
- You will need to go to the website www.ibtfingerprint.com to schedule a fingerprinting appointment in Texas online. You can also call 1-888-467-2080 for the purposes of scheduling an appointment. The fee for the transaction is $68.25 plus a processing fee of $9.95.
- Complete and submit the "FAST - Fingerprinting Applicant Services of Texas" form at the fingerprinting location. The applicant's identity will be confirmed using the CDL and the required photos will be taken. The documentation and the fee will be forwarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety and a tracking number will be given to the applicant to validate the transaction.
- The DPS sends the fingerprints to FBI and TSA starts the background check process, and issues an interim CDL with a temporary endorsement for 3 months.
- The approval/disapproval for the endorsement will be notified to the applicant, in writing. In case the application has been approved, a new CDL, with an endorsement valid for five years, will be mailed to the applicant by the DPS.
- In case it is disapproved, there is a provision for an appeal through the TSA, which will also be notified.
- If your license has expired more than two years ago, you will have to go to a Texas Driver License Office for re-application. Further, you will have to pass a written rules and signs exam as well as a driving examination. Refer to the Texas CDL driver's manual for the test requirements and rules.
- See our Commercial Drivers Education section for more information on CDLs.
- See also Applying for a new CDL and Replacing a Lost CDL.