For Immediate Release
September 13, 2016
DMV Announces New Federal Requirements
Begin Dec. 6 for Commercial Drivers
WETHERSFIELD - The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that beginning December 6, to comply with a federal mandate, commercial driver license holders and applicants for those licenses will be required to present additional identity documents when seeking the license or renewing it. This will also apply to people wanting to transfer their license from another state to Connecticut.
CDL holders will soon see this change in their renewal notices, which are mailed two months or more in advance. The mailings are scheduled to start later this week to CDL holders whose licenses are due to expire this November and December. The notices will include the necessary instructions and a document checklist on the reverse side of it.
CDL holders who have not already met this requirement will be able to present the required documents at renewal time – and not require any additional visits to DMV in advance of the renewal. In Connecticut, the estimated number of holders is 54,000 and they renew their licenses every four years.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates states to require CDL drivers and applicants to show proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, along with proof of Connecticut residency.
In many cases, CDL holders can present their birth certificate or passport, their Social Security card, and verify their address with postmarked mail or billing statements to meet the requirements. Additionally, non-U.S. citizens will also need to prove their legal status in the country.
The CDL requirements are similar to the process DMV started in 2011 for all licensed drivers who sought the gold star designation on their license by having their identity and address verified at renewal time. DMV estimates that about 25 percent of Connecticut’s CDL holders have already met these federal verification standards.
“DMV is announcing this change to give CDL holders time to gather their identity documents, such as a birth certificate or passport,” DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said. “We are advising current CDL holders to wait for their renewal notice, read it carefully, and be prepared to present identity documents, if they have not already done so, to avoid delays when it’s time to renew their licenses.”
As part of the December 6 change, non-U.S. citizens with temporary legal status that are eligible for a CDL will receive a credential marked “Non-Domicile.” The Non-Domiciled credential, however, will not allow the driver to operate any vehicles requiring a hazmat endorsement.
CDLs are valid for a four-year term, and renewal notices are sent out on a staggered basis throughout the year based on the license expiration date. This identity document check is in addition to other CDL requirements, such as endorsement testing and providing updated medical forms.
For more information about the new requirements, please visit ct.gov/dmv/CDL