CDL disqualifications: Conviction in court of driving any motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
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
Entering into a deferred prosecution program is considered a DUI conviction for commercial driver license (CDL) disqualification purposes.
How to re-qualify
- First incident:
- Pass the CDL knowledge and skills 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 $35 re-qualification fee.
- Second incident or more: You cannot re-qualify after a lifetime disqualification.
Can I appeal the disqualification?
You may request an administrative review.
- RCW 46.20.270: Conviction of offense requiring withholding driving privilege — Procedures — Definitions
- RCW 46.25.090(1)(a) and (2): Disqualification — Grounds for, period of — Records
- RCW 46.25.010(7): Definitions (Uniform Commercial Driver's License Act)
Questions? Need help?
Call us: 360.902.3900 (TTY: Call 711)