Renewing your Commercial (CDL) license in Georgia can only be done in person at a center at this time. 

  • General Information

    • Your license can be renewed up to 150 days before the expiration date of your license. Allow up to 30 days for your permanent license to be delivered.  Your renewed license will be valid for up to 8 years or 5 years if you have a Hazardous Material Endorsement.
    • Persons applying for a Commercial License Renewal will be issued an interim driver's license while a permanent Commercial driver's license is being processed. To ensure receipt of the permanent Commercial driver's license, the customer's current address must be on file with the Department of Driver Services (DDS).
    • You must self-certify to a single type of commercial operation and provide a copy of your Medical Certificate and any applicable variance documents (i.e. Vision Waiver, Skills Performance Waivers).
     
  • Plan Ahead

    All Customers visiting a center must fill out the required License/ID/Permit form and schedule an appointment. Once submitted, the form is valid for 60 days.

     
  • At your visit:

    • Bring your current commercial driver’s license.

    • If you hold a Real ID license (Black or Gold star in the upper right-hand corner), you will not be required to bring in Real ID documents unless your address or name has changed.  Name change and/or address documents must be provided.

    • If your license does not have a Black or Gold Star in the upper right-hand corner, you must bring in all Real ID Documents. Documentation showing your identity, residential address, full social security number, and U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful presence in the United States. Please refer to Real ID Requirements for a full list of documents.

    • Be prepared to take a photo.

    • All applicants for Commercial Driver's License must pass a vision exam or have a valid vision waiver.

    • If you are adding License Endorsements, you may be required to take and pass a knowledge exam.  Download the Download this pdf file.CDL Driver's Manual for more information on test requirements.

    • Pay the license and/or endorsement fees. See Fees and Terms for more information. 
     
  • CDL Endorsement Notes

    • Endorsements without Hazmat are valid for the term of the CDL License and are automatically renewed with the CDL License without any additional fees.
    • TSA Background and Fingerprints are required for Hazmat for 1st-time issuance as well as renewals.
    • Endorsements with Hazmat are valid for 5 years from the Threat Assessment date and applicants must pass Hazmat knowledge test and TSA Background checks to be renewed.
    • If Hazmat Endorsements are added during the initial issuance, then no fee applies.
    • All endorsements with or without Hazmat added after issuance will be charged a $5 Fee one time.