DMV: CDL - Self-Certification Requirement

 Commercial Driver's License/

Commercial Learner Permit

 Driving Type Self-Certification  


Holiday Schedule: DMV customer service centers will close for the Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, May 31 at 7:45 a.m.  
All AAA offices will be open to process renewals for driver licenses and non-driver ID cards during their normal business hours on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28.  AAA offices will be closed on Monday, May 30.


Federal law requires all Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders and Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) holders to provide " Self-certification" of driving type:


                  LEARN MORE HERE:  See description of driving types for you to choose here.


           CERTIFY HERE: 


Once you go to the website above and successfully self-certify, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.  Bring the e-mail confirmation to DMV anytime you:                   

  • Apply for a new CDL
  • Renew a current CDL
  • Apply for an upgrade to a higher class CDL
  • Apply for a new endorsement
  • Transfer a CDL from another state
  • Change driving type


Category 1 (NI) - Non-excepted interstate :  

Operates a commercial motor vehicle outside of Connecticut 

Category 2 (NA) -Non-excepted intrastate :  

Operates a commercial motor vehicle only within Connecticut  

Note:  If any CMV you drive crosses the CT state line (into NY, MASS, RI - including for purchasing of fuel or picking up occasional loads) at any time, you are INTERSTATE. 

Category 3 (EI) -Excepted Interstate :  

Operates a commercial motor vehicle outside of Connecticut, only for excepted purposes listed below. 

Excepted Interstate Purposes:

        49 CFR 390.3(f):   School bus operations, state and federal transportation, occasional transportation of personal property not for compensation, transportation of human corpses or sick/injured persons, fire trucks and rescue vehicles, commercial vehicles designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), transportation of propane winter heating fuel when responding to an emergency situation requiring immediate response.

        49 CFR 391.2:   Farm custom operations, apiarian industries (beekeepers seasonally transporting bees), certain farm vehicle drivers.

        49 CFR 391.68:   Private motor carrier of passengers (nonbusiness).

        49 CFR 398.3:  Driver of migrant workers.

Category 4 (EA) - Excepted intrastate:  Operates a commercial motor vehicle only within Connecticut (intrastate commerce) only for an excepted purpose listed below.

Excepted Intrastate Purpose:

        A self-propelled implement of husbandry or an implement of husbandry being drawn by a farm tractor or another implement of husbandry; public utility, telephone, and cable television company service vehicles that do not meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle in 46 CFR part 383; or public utility service vehicle used in cases of emergency.

Content Last Modified on 4/12/2016 11:17:08 AM