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California Commercial Driver License Self Certification

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California Commercial Driver License Self Certification

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Commercial driver license (CDL) holders must inform the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. Drivers are required to have a current medical examination report on file with DMV to obtain a "certified" medical status as part of their driving record. CDL holders required to have a "certified" medical status who fail to provide and keep their medical examination up-to-date with DMV will become "not-certified" and they may lose their CDL.

California CDL holders must determine whether they operate in interstate or intrastate commerce.

  • INTERSTATE means:
    • From California to another State or a foreign country; or
    • Between two places within California, but during part of the trip, the CMV crosses into another State or foreign country; or
    • Between two places within California, but the cargo or passengers are part of a trip that began or will end in another State or foreign country.
  • INTRASTATE means:
    • You are restricted to operating commercially within California;
    • You may only transport cargo that originates in and the final destination is in California;
    • While driving commercially, you may not cross state or international borders.

California Commercial Driver License Self Certification

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