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How to Renew a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Tennessee

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Renewing a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in Tennessee is a relatively simple process compared to applying for a new CDL.


  1. A renewal notice will be sent to you by mail when your CDL is about to expire. If your CDL has been lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a replacement CDL, rather than a renewal.
  2. You must renew your CDL in person, at your local driver license station. A license cannot be renewed by mail or online.
  3. Bring the following items with you to the local driver license station, when renewing your commercial driver's license:
  4. Your current Tennessee commercial driver's license.
  5. Valid identification documents.
  6. Your Tennessee Commercial Driver's License renewal notice.
  7. An updated valid Tennessee Department of Transportation (DOT) long form physical or medical card.
  8. You must also bring the correct CDL renewal fee. Fees vary between $40 and $60, depending on the number of years the renewal is for. Check with your local driver license station on the exact fee before arriving for the renewal.


If your CDL includes a Hazardous Material Endorsement that you wish to retain, you will have to undertake the Hazardous Materials test as well as a fingerprint and background check by the Transportation Security Administration each time you apply for a renewal.

  1. A CDL holder with a Hazmat endorsement will be initially given a renewed CDL with a temporary Hazmat endorsement valid for 90 days at the time of renewal.
  2. To renew a Hazmat endorsement, fill out the applicant information form and call the Tennessee Applicant Processing Services (TAPS) at (877) 862-2425 to schedule a fingerprinting appointment and to locate authorized TAPS agencies.
  3. While fingerprinting, your identity will be confirmed using your Tennessee CDL. The fingerprint information and the $82 non-refundable fee (payable only in money order) will be sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). You can validate your transaction using the tracking number allotted to you.
  4. Fingerprint information will also be checked by the FBI and TSA will do the background check.
  5. The TSA will notify you about the approval/disapproval of the endorsement. If your endorsement is approved, you can go to your local driver license station to get the Hazardous Material Endorsement added to your license, which will be valid for 5 years. If your application is disapproved, you will get information on how to appeal the same.


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