Traffic and criminal violations affect your CDL qualification

Your Certified Driver’s License (CDL) is your lifeline – the certification that allows you to put food on the table as a commercial driver. While driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), commercial driver’s must obey the rules of the road – some of which can be even more strict than the standard driver. From alcohol to leaving the scene of an accident or other serious traffic offenses, there are many ways for one to lose their CDL qualification.

Your CDL rights will be revoked for one year if you commit any of the following offenses:

  • Drive a CMV with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or higher
  • Drive a CMV under any influence of a controlled substance or alcohol
  • Refuse to partake in BAC testing
  • Leave the scene of an accident that includes a CMV
  • Commit a felony that includes the use of a CMV
  • Driving your CMV while your CDL suspension is current
  • Cause a death while driving a CMV

IF your CMV holds any hazardous materials and commit any of the above offenses, your CDL will be revoked for three years.

If the driver of the CMV has any noticeable amount of alcohol consumption under 0.04%, they will lose driving privileges for 24 hours.

If you commit any of the above offenses twice, you will lose your CDL qualifications for life.

If you use your CMV for any felony involving a controlled substance you will lose your CDL for life.

Disqualifications when committing traffic offenses while driving a CMV

You will lose your CDL privileges for 60 days if you commit two serious traffic offenses within a three-year timeframe and 120 days if you commit a third offense.

Serious traffic offenses include:

  • Excessive speeding (15 miles per hour (mph) or more over the speed limit)
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper or unpredictable lane changes
  • Following to closely
  • Any traffic offenses while driving a CMV in connection with a fatal traffic accident
  • Driving a CMV without a CDL license or not having your CDL license in your possession
  • Driving a CMV with a CDL that does not hold the correct driving class or endorsements

Disqualifications when committing traffic offenses while driving your personal vehicle

You will lose your CDL qualifications if the authorities revoke, cancel or suspend your personal driving privileged due to traffic offenses. This will stand until you regain your personal vehicle driving privileges.

You will lose your CDL qualifications for one year if the authorities revoke, cancel or suspend your personal driving privileged due to using alcohol or a controlled substance. You will also lose your qualifications for one year if you commit a felony while operating your personal vehicle. If any of these offenses occur twice, you will lose your CDL for life.

Follow the laws. Be aware of others on the road and do not take your CDL for granted. If you lose your CDL rights, you cannot drive a CMV for any reason.

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