CDL disqualifications: Driving a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .04 or more

How long will my license be disqualified?

  • First incident: 1 year (3 years if the incident occurred while you were transporting hazardous materials.)
  • Second incident or more: For life

How do I re-qualify?

  • First incident:
    • Pass the Commercial Driver License (CDL) knowledge and driving tests.
    • For a hazardous materials endorsement, pass a separate knowledge test. (We also may require you to show us a letter from the Transportation Security Administration stating you passed their background check.)
    • Pay a $20 re-qualification fee.
  • Second incident or more: You can’t re-qualify from a lifetime disqualification.

Can I appeal the disqualification?

Yes, if your BAC was above a .08 the hearing will cover both your personal and commercial driver license. If your BAC was below a .08 the hearing will cover your commercial driver license.

Related laws

RCW 46.25.090(1)(b) and (2): Disqualification — Grounds for, period of — Records

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