CDL Medical Certification

Self-Certification Statements

All CDL drivers must complete a medical self-certification statement to certify that they are or aren’t subject to physical requirements in 49 CFR Part 391 or when their medical status changes.

CDL drivers with a medical certificate must keep a current version on file with Driver Licensing. A new certificate must be received before the current one expires (generally every two years). Drivers will be notified 60 days prior to their current certificate’s expiration date that they must obtain a new certificate or self-certify that they are no longer subject to the federal physical requirements. If a CDL holder fails to provide Driver Licensing with a current medical certificate, their CDL will be downgraded to a non-commercial license 60 days after their last medical certificate’s expiration date.

Medical certificates must be issued by a medical professional registered with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Find a professional near you.

Drivers may mail, fax or email a copy of their self-certification statement and/or medical examiner certificate to:

Driver Licensing Program
118 West Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Fax: (605) 773-3018

Please submit only copies of your Medical Examiner's Certificate and keep originals for your records.  A Medical Examination Form for Commercial Driver Fitness Determination will not be accepted or returned to you. Incomplete or illegible certificates will be returned and must be re-submitted.

For more information, email us or call (605) 773-6883.

For Healthcare Professionals

If you’d like to become a Certified Medical Examiner, you can start by visiting the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website.

If you wish to attend medical examiner certification training, you can find more information from the South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians.


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