How to Replace a Commercial Drivers License in Utah
In Utah, CDL replacement is necessary when the original commercial driver’s license has been lost, stolen or damaged. While it may seem like an unnecessary inconvenience to replace a lost or damaged license, it is absolutely essential, especially if the individual relies on their CDL for work. Operating a commercial vehicle without a valid license is a punishable offense. If the license has been damaged to the point where name, address and other important information is no longer legible, it’s important to replace the license as soon as possible. To avoid penalties, individuals should replace a damaged or lost CDL drivers license as soon as possible.
To replace a CDL license in UT, you need to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in person with the proper paperwork and identification documents. A trip to the DMV to receive a duplicate CDL license does not have to be complicated or stressful. Ultimately, a duplicate license has the same endorsements and restrictions as the original license. There is no need to re-test or go through the renewal process to obtain a CDL replacement in Utah. However, it is important to arrive prepared, with the proper documentation. Not only will you save time, you will have a smooth and non-stressful DMV experience. Learn when a replacement is necessary, how much it costs and what you need to complete the process below.
When do you need to get a duplicate CDL license in Utah?
You must get a duplicate CDL license in Utah when your original license is lost or stolen. You cannot operate a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL. A misplaced or stolen license should be replaced immediately to avoid the penalties that come with driving without a license. Replacing a license costs significantly less than the tickets and fines that can be incurred if you choose to drive without one. If your license has been stolen and you are worried about identity theft, consider reporting the theft to the police. While the state does not require you to report, it is a good step to take if you feel concerned.
Additionally, you will want to get a UT CDL replacement if your license has become creased, ripped or damaged in a way that makes the identification information difficult to be read. If law enforcement would have difficulty reading the information on the license, obtain a replacement immediately or you may be subject to tickets and fines.
Also, if your legal name changes for whatever reason, whether it be marriage, adoption, divorce or by choice, your Utah replacement CDL must reflect that change. The same rule applies if your address changes. In order to make a change and receive an updated duplicate, you must bring the required documents to the DMV to receive a replacement with accurate information.
Documents Required to Replace a CDL in Utah
To obtain a DMV CDL replacement in Utah you need to bring your current Utah non-commercial driver license and DOT card. You may also bring along a completed application or choose to complete one when you arrive at the DMV.
You will need to bring documents to confirm your identity or legal/lawful status verification, including a social security card or other acceptable alternative. You must also bring at least one of the following:
- Valid U.S. passport.
- Certified copy of a birth certificate.
- Valid permanent resident card.
- Certificate of naturalization.
Proof of current Utah residency is also required to get a UT CDL replacement. Documents must be originals, not photocopies. Two of these documents must be provided. Acceptable proof of residency documents would be items like a:
- Bank statement.
- Major credit card bill.
- Current mortgage or rental agreement.
- Utility bill.
These documents must be dated within 60 days to be accepted. This same documentation is important if you need to change the address on your license. You must change the address on your UT CDL replacement no later than 30 days after you moved. If you need to change the name on your license, you must provide legal documentation to do so. For example, a divorce decree, adoption papers, court documents or state marriage license are acceptable documents.
How to Replace a Utah CDL in Person
A Utah duplicate CDL license must be obtained in person at the DMV office. There is no online or mail option at this time. Bring your state driver’s license and DOT card. To save time, you can complete the replacement application ahead of time or, if you prefer, complete it at the DMV when you arrive. Your photo will be retaken. After you pay the fee, expect to receive a temporary license before you leave. The completed, final license may take 8-10 weeks to arrive to you by mail.
There are some other things to keep in mind regarding damaged licenses and out-of-state requests. If your current license is damaged, you will need to hand it in at the DMV before completing the process to receive a UT CDL replacement. Also, if you are currently out of state and not able to visit the DMV in person, you may request that the Utah DLD make a temporary exception and provide a CDL replacement by mail. However, do not operate a commercial vehicle without an official document or you may be subject to penalties.
CDL Replacement Fees in Utah
The cost for a duplicate CDL license in Utah is $10. Fees are subject to change. The Department of Motor Vehicles accepts multiple forms of payment. You can use cash, checks, money orders or credit cards to pay the CDL replacement fees. All major credit card companies are accepted.