As a commercial driver, keeping your job relies on keeping your license valid and up to date. Usually, the state is pretty good about issuing reminders but, in some cases, that reminder never comes. That’s why it’s up to you to pay attention to the expiration date on your license and to make sure you take care of the issue before it becomes an actual problem. Fortunately, renewing your license is quite easy to do.
Renew CDL Before it Expires
It’s in your best interests to make sure that you renew your license before it expires in the first place. This makes the whole process simpler. As long as you make sure to take care of the renewal process before your license expires, it should be pretty uneventful.
You’ll definitely be able to renew your license in person, but you might also be able to renew over the phone or online depending on where you live. Check your local laws to find out what your options are, or take a look at that renewal notice because it probably explains your options right on it.
When you go to renew, you need to complete an application, and then take an eye test and possibly a medical exam as well. Make sure to bring the full payment and check what form of payment is accepted by your DMV. This will serve to finish off the renewal process quickly and easily.
Upgrade During the Renewal
The renewal period is the ideal time to upgrade your CDL license and, as long as you’re prepared, you should be able to update the license quite easily. To add an endorsement to your license at the time of renewal, you’ll have to take a written test and pay a designated fee. It’s usually quite affordable. As long as you pass the test and pay the fee, you’ll have the endorsement added right onto your license when you renew it.
Hazardous Materials Endorsement Renewal
If you’re trying to renew a license that has a Hazardous Materials Endorsement, or you want to get it added to your license, you’ll have to take an additional test and pass a background check. Make sure that you renew early because background checks can take up to 30 days to complete.
Now that you know how to go through the process, you should check your CDL and make sure that it’s up to date and not expiring any time soon. If it is about to expire, make sure that you take action to keep it from doing so. Otherwise, you risk having a lapse in your license while out on the road, the last thing that you want as a professional driver.