Drivers with Restriction P (NOT Endorsement P) are Category 2 on Form CDL-7 and do not have to submit a medical certificate each year but are RESTRICTED to ONLY driving school buses.
Driver with NONE or who do NOT have a P RESTRICTION are Category 1 on From CDL-7 and DO have to submit a medical certficate each year to the DPS.
You only have to self-certify 1 time or if you change your status.
Drivers are allowed by DPS to renew their license up to 12 months BEFORE it expires. Drivers who may be going on medical leave should renew their license BEFORE they leave so that you will have 5 years to regain your medical certificate and full CDL status. Without a medical card you will lose your CDL status when you try to renew.
If your license expires YOU MAY have to take ALL TESTS and the DRIVING test AGAIN so don’t let this happen.