CDL disqualifications: Testing positive on the Department of Transportation test for drugs or alcohol
How long will my license be disqualified?
- 10 years or until the first 2 items needed to re-qualify are met, whichever comes first, if you were a CDL holder and have been disqualified for one year or more or if you never held a CDL.
- For life, if you have 3 positive tests within 5 years.
How do I re-qualify?
- Have an alcohol/drug assessment by a substance abuse professional (SAP).
- Provide evidence that you have successfully completed or participated in an approved alcohol/drug treatment or education program as recommended by the SAP.
- 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 $150 re-qualification fee and any licensing fees.
Note: You can't re-qualify from a lifetime disqualification.
Can I appeal the disqualification?
You may request a hearing within 20 days of the date on the notification letter you received from us. For more information, see How to request a hearing.
What issues will be considered at the hearing?
- Whether you were the person who took the drug or alcohol test.
- Whether your employer has a safety program that meets federal motor carrier requirements.
- Whether the officer or technician who performed the test accurately followed the procedures needed to certify test results.
- RCW 46.25.090(7): Disqualification — Grounds for, period of — Records.
- RCW 46.25.100: Restoration after disqualification.
Questions? Need help?
Call us: 360.902.3900 (TTY: Call 711)