A CDL renewal in Nebraska is different than a standard driver license renewal. That is why many drivers wonder, “What do you need to renew your CDL license?” Depending on the type of CDL license you have, there are specific items you need to renew your CDL. However, regardless of the documentation you possess, you must provide evidence of your primary identification to complete the process.

Also, the Nebraska DMV gives you the opportunity to go through the renewal process online or at a local facility. However, there are CDL renewal requirements you must satisfy to go through the renewal process online, such as being under the age of 72 years old. Read the sections below to gain an understanding of everything you need to know when it comes to renewing your CDL in Nebraska.

When to Renew Your CDL License in Nebraska

Most commercial licenses are issued for a 5-year period. However, your may need to renew your commercial drivers license in less than 5 years if:

  • You were younger than 21 years of age when you received your documentation.
  • Your license has a bioptic or telescopic restriction.
  • You have U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documentation.

If you are unsure when your documentation expires, you can always check your CDL. Your license will have details on when it was issued and when it expires. Also, the Nebraska DMV will mail you a CDL license renewal notice 30 days prior to its expiration date.

When you receive the notice, you can renew your documentation before it expires. Just make sure to take the notice with you to a local driver licensing office.

CDL Renewal Testing Requirements in Nebraska

Every time you go through the Nebraska CDL renewal process, you are required to complete a vision test. This is to ensure your vision meets the guidelines to operate a commercial motor vehicle. If you use eyeglasses or contact lenses, make sure to have them with you when completing the examination.

Furthermore, if your Nebraska CDL has been expired for less than a year, you will not be required to retake any of the exams you passed. However, if your documentation has not been valid for more than a year, you will need to take all of the CDL knowledge tests that you previously passed in order to obtain new documentation.

What do you need to renew your CDL license in Nebraska?

To renew you CDL, you need to provide the DMV with the following items:

  • Primary identification:
  • Two forms of address verification if you need to update your address:
    • Account statement from bank
    • Magazines issued within the last 90 days
    • Nebraska vehicle registration
    • Nebraska voter registration card
    • Life, health, auto or home insurance policy or card
  • Social Security Number

Furthermore, if you certify as Category A: Interstate – Non-Expected, you will need to provide a copy of your medical examiner’s certificate when renewing your CDL.

CDL Renewal Process in Nebraska

The Nebraska DMV gives you the opportunity to renew your commercial drivers license online or in person. However, to complete the renewal process online, there are guidelines Nebraska has in place. If you do not meet the CDL renewal requirements, you will have to visit your local NE DMV office to complete obtain a CDL renewal.

How to Renew Your Commercial Drivers License Online in Nebraska

In order to renew your license online, there are CDL renewal requirements you must satisfy:

  • Your name cannot have changed.
  • You have not had significant changes since your last license photo.
  • You have not renewed your CDL online in the last 10 years.
  • You are younger than 72 years of age and your CDL is expiring.
  • You have not obtained more than two license replacements online within the last 5 years.
  • You do not want to change your CDL self-certification category type.
  • You do not have a Hazmat endorsement.

Note: When completing a CDL renewal online, make sure to have all the required documents you need to accurately fill out the information the portal is requesting for you to provide.

How to Renew Your Commercial Drivers License in Person in Nebraska

If you are unable to renew your documentation online, you will need to visit your local DMV office. Before visiting a nearby facility, it is recommended for you to make an appointment. This will allow you to spend less time at your local DMV office.

Also, you can complete an Operators License-ID data form or Commercial Driver License data form before visiting a facility. Doing so will allow you to speed up the CDL license renewal process, as you will not need to complete a form at the driver licensing office.

Nebraska CDL Permit Renewal Requirements

“How long is a CDL permit good for?” is a question you may have because you just received your first CDL permit. A CDL permit is valid for 180 days. You are able to complete a CDL permit renewal one time before needing to take all applicable written tests. To renew your permit, you must visit your local DMV office. You do not have the option to complete the process online.

Like renewing your CDL license, you must present primary identification and verification of any changes to your address. Moreover, you will need to complete a vision and written exam in order to be approved of a CDL permit renewal.

Hazardous Material Endorsement CDL Renewal Requirements in Nebraska

If you are a Hazmat endorsement holder, you have additional requirements you must complete in order to obtain a CDL renewal. For instance, you are required to take written tests every time you need a license renewal. Also, the DMV requires you to complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment.

A TSA third party agent will fingerprint you for the assessment. Once you complete the RSA assessment, the DMV will be notified, and you can renew your CDL.

CDL Renewal Fees in Nebraska

The CDL renewal price depends on how long your documentation is valid for:

  • 5 years – $55
  • More than 3 years but a maximum of 4 – $44
  • More than 2 years but no more than 3 – $33
  • More than a year but a maximum of 2 – $22
  • 1 year or less – $11

Also, the CDL renewal cost changes if you have bioptic or telescopic lens restrictions:

  • Valid for more than a year but a maximum of 2 – $22
  • Valid for a year or less – $11

Note: There will be a $2.50 security surcharge fee for every transaction.

Last updated on Friday, March 6 2020.