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:
- If you have not already, you must show proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (see list of approved documents).
- Pass the Commercial Driver License (CDL) knowledge tests.
- Obtain a CDL permit.
- Take a skills (drive) test.
- Provide certificate of training dated after January 2009 from a registered CDL training school, or from a registered employer. If providing training certificate from a registered employer, this must have a current date.
- For a hazardous materials endorsement, you must have an eligible Transportation Security Administration hazmat clearance on record.
- Pay a $35 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.
RCW 46.25.090(1)(b) and (2): Disqualification - Grounds for, period of - Records
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