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CDL Drivers - New Medical Certification Process


All Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders licensed in Georgia, may upload their Medical Certifications online. However, CDL drivers wishing to 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.

To start the process click on the button below:


If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below, your commercial driver status is: EXCEPTED (E):

Yes No
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    
Drive a private motor carrier of passengers for non-business purposes    
Transport human corpses, sick or injured persons    
Drive a 9-15 passenger van (<26,001 pounds)    
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     


If you drive for any other reason than those listed above, your commercial driver status is NON-EXCEPTED(N):

  • 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
  • If you drive from the state of GA to any other State or foreign country; OR
  • If you move cargo in the state of GA that came from another state; OR
  • If your cargo will be moved to another state or foreign country


Based on your answers above, you must certify one of the four (4) following categories:

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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.

  • If you have questions about the Self-Certification process, please view the FAQs.
  • To read more about the new Medical Certification Federal Requirement visit:
  • To update your CDL self-certification category please visit a DDS Customer Service Center near you.
  • To view and update the medical document information currently on file with the DDS, go to:, Online Services and log into your online account; or create an online account if you do not have one.

Submitting your documents is easy.

Document Type:

Upload Online At:

Create an online account to upload documents.

Fax To:

(770) 918-6271

Individual customers only

Mail To:

Department of Driver Serivces

Attn:  RM-CDL           P.O. Box 80447         Conyers, GA 30013

Individual and multiple customer submissions

Submit In-Person:

At your nearest DDS Customer Service Center

Visit to find the center nearest you.

Self-Certification NO NO NO Yes

Valid Medical Certificate and/or Medical Variance

Yes Yes Yes Yes

For assistance, please call the DDS Customer Contact Center at (678) 413-8400.

Latest Medical Certification Updates from FMCSA:

Additional Information:





Last Updated On: 9/2/2016