CDL Medical Certificate Help
RULES FOR EXCEPTED and NON-EXCEPTED
- If you answer "YES" to any of the questions below, your commercial driver status is EXCEPTED (E).
- If you drive for any other reason than those listed below, your commercial driver's status is NON-EXCEPTED (N).
- Drive a School Bus?
- Transport for a federal government, state, or political subdivision?
- Occasionally transport personal property (Personal use)?
- Drive a fire truck or rescue vehicle?
- Drive for custom farm harvesting operations?
- Transport human corpse, sick or injured persons?
- Drive a 9-15 passenger van (<26,001 points)?
- Drive a non-combination vehicle controlled and operated by a farmer (no hazardous materials)?
- Provide emergency delivery of propane?
- Transport migrant workers?
- Transport bees seasonally as a Beekeeper?
RULES FOR INTRASTATE (A) or INTERSTATE (I)
- INTRASTATE (A)
- You drive inside the State of GA only AND the cargo on your vehicle is from inside the state of GA and will not leave the State of GA.
- INTERSTATE (I)
- You drive from the state of GA to any other State or Foreign country: OR
- You move cargo in the state of GA that came from another state; OR
- Your cargo will be moved to another state or foreign country
- You must keep your medical certification up-to-date unless you are eligible to certify into an excepted category.
- The DDS encourages CDL drivers to keep a copy of their valid medical information with them at all times.
- To read more about the Federal Medical Certification Requirements visit: FMCA Medical Site.
Based on your answers above you must certify one of the four (4) following categories:
- Non-excepted Interstate (NI) - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce and am required to maintain federal medical certification. (Medical Certificate/Card Required)
- Non-excepted Intrastate (NA) - I operate or expect to operate only in intrastate commerce and am required to meet FMCSA driver qualification requirements. (Medical Certificate/Card Required)
- Excepted Interstate (EI) - I operate or expect to operate in interstate commerce, but engage exclusively in operations that qualify me for exception from the requirement to maintain federal medical certification.
- Excepted Intrastate (EA) - I operate or expect to operate only in a city, county, state or federal vehicle only, and I am exempt from the FMCSA driver qualification requirements.
DDS is providing limited driver services by Appointment Only. All customers must schedule an appointment when visiting a center.
CDL Medical Certification and Self-Certification Process
All Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders licensed in Georgia, may submit their Medical Certifications online. However, CDL drivers wishing to certify their driving category or make a change to their CDL Self Certification Status must submit the CDL Self Certification Form in person at a DDS Customer Service Center.
Please note that Self Certification Forms only need to be submitted once. They must be re-submitted (in person) ONLY if there is a change in the Self Certification Status.
Need Help on medical certificate rules and how to self-certify?
How do I submit Self-Certification Documents?
- Self-Certification Documents can only be submitted in-person at a DDS Customer Service Center. Please visit DDS Customer Service Center to find the center nearest you.
How do I submit CDL Medical Certificate and/or Medical Variance Documents? There are 4 ways to submit:
Submit Online: Click below to submit your CDL Medical Documents using our Online Services.
Fax to: (770) 918-6271 (Individual Customers only)
Mail to the following address:
Department of Driver Services
P.O. Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013
(Individual and multiple customer submissions)
Submit in Person: At your nearest DDS Customer Service Center Location.
For assistance, please call the DDS Customer Contact Center at (678) 413-8400.