Driver Disqualification for Violations

Can a truck driver be disqualified from operating a CMV if convicted of certain offenses?

  • A CDL driver can be disqualified from driving a CMV if convicted of a “major” violation or “serious” violation.
  • “Major” offenses while operating a motor vehicle (whether CMV or non-CMV) include:
Driving Under the Influence
  • Being under the influence of alcohol as defined by the state
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance
  • Refusing to take an alcohol test
  • Using a vehicle to commit a felony
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Driving a CMV when your CDL is revoked, suspended, or cancelled

Driver Disqualification

Disqualification for a “major” offenses conviction is one year. A second conviction results in lifetime disqualification.

  • “Serious” violations while operating a vehicle include, for example:
    • Excessive speeding (15 mph above the limit)
    • Reckless driving
    • Following too closely
    • Driving a CMV without a permit or CDL 
    • Violating anti-texting laws
  • Disqualification for “serious” traffic violations occurs if you are convicted of 2 such actions during any three year period. Disqualification is for 60 days (or 120 days if convicted of 3 serious traffic violations within 3 years).
  • Fines may also be imposed for “major” or “serious” violations.