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Medical Examination Certificate

New York CDL holders should not take their updated medical certificates into a DMV Issuing Office UNLESS they are also performing a license transaction (such as a renewal). Medical certificates should be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail directly to the Medical Certification Central Office.

Drivers should review their medical certificates for accuracy, legibility and completeness prior to submission. Incorrect, illegible or incomplete documents will be rejected.

When submitting a medical certificate to the Medical Certification Unit by mail, fax or e-mail, CDL holders should be sure to include current contact information (phone number or e-mail address) with their document.



Medical Certification Unit
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 2601
Albany, NY 12220-0601




CDL holders that fail to keep their medical certificate current become medically “not certified” when the medical certificate on file expires.  A letter is sent to the driver advising them that they are “not certified” and that their CDL license will be downgraded in 55 days unless they submit an acceptable medical certificate to the CDL Med Cert Unit. If acceptable proof of medical certification is not received and processed within 55 days, the CDL is downgraded to a non-CDL license on the 56th day.

Drivers have until the expiration date of their driver’s license, and up to two years past the expiration date, to be recertified and obtain their CDL again without having to be retested. Two years past the expiration date of the CDL, all tests (knowledge and skills ) must be retaken.

CDL holders that submit fraudulent medical documents to the Medical Certification Unit will have their CDL license revoked for one year.