Form BMV2159 "Cdl Self-certification Authorization" - Ohio

What Is a CDL Self Certification?

Form BMV 2159, CDL Self Certification Authorization, is a formal document prepared by Ohio drivers who need to obtain a commercial driver's license or maintain an existing license. This statement confirms their intention to get a license and indicates the type of commercial driving they need a license for. Additionally, you may use this document when applying for a commercial learners permit so that you can practice your driving skills on public roads in the presence of an individual with a valid license.

This document was issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), a component of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The latest version of the form became available on June 1, 2019, with all previous editions obsolete. You may download a CDL Self Certification through the link below.

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CDL Self Certification Authorization Instructions

Follow these steps to fill out CDL Self Certification Form:

  1. State your name and the number of the driver's license issued in Ohio.
  2. Select the category that applies to your situation. Your commercial driving may involve interstate or intrastate driving with or without the need to comply with medical examination requirements. The second page of the form contains sufficient descriptions of all categories and examples of vehicles - make sure you choose the right one. Note that if you travel between states, you will have to attach a medical card to the certification. This document will confirm you are physically prepared to drive a commercial vehicle.
  3. Sign and date the form.
  4. Check the box to certify you have enclosed a medical examiner's certificate if necessary.

Once the certification is filled out, send it to the Ohio BMV, CDL / In-state Violations Unit, PO Box 16784, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6784, or submit the documentation to a local regional reinstatement center. When you receive the license in the mail, you must keep it with the medical waiver in case you do not have to meet the medical requirements prescribed by the state. These documents must be with you every time you operate a commercial vehicle.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES
CDL SELF-CERTIFICATION AUTHORIZATION
New federal regulations require ALL Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders to self-certify their type of commercial
driving. All CDL holders must submit a self-certification in order to be issued and maintain their CDL.
NAME OF DRIVER
OHIO DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
Please mark only one of the following self-certification categories that apply to you. (see page 2 for category detail)
I certify my commercial driving is:
Category 1: Non-Excepted Interstate: CDL holders who drive across state lines or transport freight that has or will
cross state lines and must meet federal medical requirements subject to 49 CFR part 391. Must submit a medical
card to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Category 2: Excepted Interstate: CDL holders who drive across state lines but do not need to meet federal medical
requirements. Operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted under 49 CFR 390.3(f), 391.2, 39168 or 398.3
Category 3: Non-Excepted Intrastate: CDL holders who drive exclusively in Ohio and do not drive across state
lines, but are required to meet state medical requirements.
Category 4: Excepted Intrastate: CDL holders who do not use the CDL for business purposes and are not required
to meet state medical requirements. Operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted from all or part
of the State driver qualification requirements. Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) 4506.03(B)(1-10)
SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
DATE
X
If you mark category 1, you must also submit a copy of your completed Medical Examiners Certificate.
I have included a Medical Examiners Certificate.
The CDL Self-Certification Authorization form and the Medical Examiners Certificate, if applicable, must be submitted to
the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and processed prior to the issuance of the CDL. The Self-Certification Authorization
form and the Medical Examiners Certificate can be submitted by mail, fax, e-mail, or a Deputy Registrar Office. The forms
must be legible or a delay in processing will occur.
By Mail:
By Fax:
In Person:
Ohio BMV
(614) 308-5181 OR
BMV Deputy Registrar Office
Attn: CDL/In State Violations Unit
(listed at www.bmv.ohio.gov)
By E-mail:
cdl@dps.ohio.gov
P.O. Box 16784
Include your name, address and contact
Columbus, OH 43216-6784
number on all faxes and
Include your name, address and contact
e-mails.
number on all mailings
BMV 2159 6/19 [760-1498] Page 1 of 2
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES
CDL SELF-CERTIFICATION AUTHORIZATION
New federal regulations require ALL Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders to self-certify their type of commercial
driving. All CDL holders must submit a self-certification in order to be issued and maintain their CDL.
NAME OF DRIVER
OHIO DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER
Please mark only one of the following self-certification categories that apply to you. (see page 2 for category detail)
I certify my commercial driving is:
Category 1: Non-Excepted Interstate: CDL holders who drive across state lines or transport freight that has or will
cross state lines and must meet federal medical requirements subject to 49 CFR part 391. Must submit a medical
card to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Category 2: Excepted Interstate: CDL holders who drive across state lines but do not need to meet federal medical
requirements. Operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted under 49 CFR 390.3(f), 391.2, 39168 or 398.3
Category 3: Non-Excepted Intrastate: CDL holders who drive exclusively in Ohio and do not drive across state
lines, but are required to meet state medical requirements.
Category 4: Excepted Intrastate: CDL holders who do not use the CDL for business purposes and are not required
to meet state medical requirements. Operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted from all or part
of the State driver qualification requirements. Ohio Revised Code (R.C.) 4506.03(B)(1-10)
SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT
DATE
X
If you mark category 1, you must also submit a copy of your completed Medical Examiners Certificate.
I have included a Medical Examiners Certificate.
The CDL Self-Certification Authorization form and the Medical Examiners Certificate, if applicable, must be submitted to
the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and processed prior to the issuance of the CDL. The Self-Certification Authorization
form and the Medical Examiners Certificate can be submitted by mail, fax, e-mail, or a Deputy Registrar Office. The forms
must be legible or a delay in processing will occur.
By Mail:
By Fax:
In Person:
Ohio BMV
(614) 308-5181 OR
BMV Deputy Registrar Office
Attn: CDL/In State Violations Unit
(listed at www.bmv.ohio.gov)
By E-mail:
cdl@dps.ohio.gov
P.O. Box 16784
Include your name, address and contact
Columbus, OH 43216-6784
number on all faxes and
Include your name, address and contact
e-mails.
number on all mailings
BMV 2159 6/19 [760-1498] Page 1 of 2
SELF-CERTIFICATION CATEGORIES
All Class A, B, or C CDL holders and all drivers applying for a Class A, B, or C CDL, at issuance, must certify to
one of the self-certification categories listed:
Category 1:
Non-Excepted Interstate: Operates or expects to operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce
(across state lines) and is subject to the requirements under 49 C.F.R. part 391.
All Class A, B, and C drivers who do NOT fall under any of the other categories
All Class A, B, and C drivers granted a medical variance, federal vision or diabetes exemptions, or Skill
Performance Evaluation certificate (SPE) (V restriction)
Category 2:
Excepted Interstate: Operates or expects to operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce (across
state lines) but engages in operations exclusively excepted under 49 C.F.R. 390.3(f), 391.2, 391.68 or
398.3.
School bus operations
Transportation performed by the federal government, a state, or any political subdivision of a state
Occasional transportation of personal property by individuals not for compensation or in the furtherance of a
commercial enterprise
The transportation of human corpses or sick and injured persons
The operation of fire trucks and rescue vehicles while involved in emergency and related operations
A nine (9) to fifteen (15) passenger van, including the driver, weighing less than 26,001 GVWR, not for compensation
Apiarian industries (Beekeepers)
Either a driver of a commercial motor vehicle used primarily in the transportation of propane winter heating fuel or
a driver of a motor vehicle used to respond to a pipeline emergency
Category 3:
Non-Excepted Intrastate: Operates a commercial vehicle in intrastate commerce (exclusively within the
State of Ohio) and subject to state driver qualification requirements
Ohio drivers granted a waiver for vision OR insulin-controlled diabetes by the public utilities commission
K2/K3 Restriction
Category 4:
Excepted Intrastate: Operates a commercial vehicle in intrastate commerce (exclusively within the State of
Ohio) but operating exclusively in transportation or operations excepted from all or part of the state driver
qualification requirements under R.C. 4506.03(B)
A farm truck
Fire equipment for a fire department, volunteer or non-volunteer fire company, fire district, or joint fire district
A public safety vehicle used to provide transportation or emergency medical service for ill or injured persons
A recreational vehicle
A commercial motor vehicle that is operated for nonbusiness purposes. “Operated for nonbusiness purposes”
means that the commercial motor vehicle is not used in commerce as “commerce” is defined in 49 C.F.R. 383.5,
as amended, and is not regulated by the public utilities commission pursuant to R.C. Chapter 4919., 4921., or 4923
A motor vehicle that is designed primarily for the transportation of goods and not persons, while that motor vehicle
is being used for the occasional transportation of personal property by individuals not for compensation and not in
the furtherance of a commercial enterprise
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