Rules Imposed on CDL Holders

To help prevent or reduce accidents, fatalities, and injuries, DOT regulations contain additional requirements that must be satisfied once a driver has obtained the CDL. These requirements impose certain notification obligations and prohibitions on drivers.

Notification requirements imposed on drivers include:

  • Notifying the driver's current employer. Each person who operates a commercial motor vehicle, who has a commercial driver's license, and who is convicted of violating (in any type of motor vehicle) a state or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation), must notify his or her current employer of the conviction. The notification must be made within 30 days after the date that the person has been convicted. (If the driver is not currently employed, he or she must notify the state or jurisdiction which issued the license according to the guidelines in the next bullet point.)
  • Notifying the state. Each person who operates a commercial motor vehicle, who has a commercial learner's permit or commercial driver's license issued by a state or jurisdiction, and who is convicted of violating (in any type of motor vehicle) a state or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) in a state or jurisdiction other than the one which issued his or her permit or license, generally must notify the state or jurisdiction which issued the permit or license, of the conviction. The notification must be made within 30 days after the date that the person has been convicted.
  • Notifying the current employer of any license suspension, revocation, cancellation, lost privilege, or disqualification. Each employee who has a driver's license suspended, revoked, or cancelled by a state or jurisdiction, who loses the right to operate a commercial motor vehicle in a state or jurisdiction for any period, or who is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for any period, must notify his or her current employer before the end of the business day following the day the employee received notice of such license suspension, revocation, cancellation, lost privilege, or disqualification.
  • Notifying potential employers of driving history. Any person applying for a job as a commercial motor vehicle operator must provide a prospective employer (at the time of application for employment) with the following employment history information for the 10 years before the date the application is submitted:

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