Commercial Driver Licenses
Your commercial driving privileges may be suspended or revoked, even if you were not driving a commercial motor vehicle at the time of offense. The more common types of revocations are highlighted below.
Mandatory Disqualifying Offenses:
Regardless of whether a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is driven, mandatory disqualifying offenses include, but are not limited to:
Submitting to a chemical test of .08 or greater (.04 or greater for a commercial motor vehicle)
Refusing to take a chemical test
Conviction of DWAI/DUI
Leaving the scene of an accident
The commission of a felony using a motor vehicle
Negligently causing the death of another person while driving a CMV
A first offense is a 1 year loss of your CDL privileges, and a second is a lifetime disqualification.
Serious traffic violations which occur in a commercial motor vehicle include but are not limited to:
15 MPH over the speed limit
Improper lane change
Following too closely
Driving a CMV without a CDL
Any traffic violation committed wehre a fatality was involved
If a CDL holder is convicted of two of the above offenses over a three year period, a first offense is a 60 day revocation, and a second offense is a 120 day revocation.
By law, there is no probationary driver’s license or early reinstatement permitted for commercial driving privileges, nor are there any driving privileges that can be granted by the Hearings Division.
While under suspension, you may not drive until your license is reinstated.
You may request a hearing, however, the only issue is whether the convictions were correctly reported by the court to the DMV.
Legal authority: 49 C.F.R. 383.51