F.A.Q.

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When is my license in jeopardy? (Non-CDL)

If you receive numerous traffic tickets, you are considered a habitual traffic offender. If you receive 20 or more moving violations that have been found committed within a five-year period, then your driving privileges will become suspended. This means that you are now a habitual traffic offender. If you receive six or more moving violations in a 12 month period, then you are going to lose your license for 60 days. If you receive seven within a 12 month period, then you are going to be given a longer suspension. If the number of tickets you receive continues to increase, you are eventually going to lose your license depending upon how many tickets you have accumulated. Four moving violations within a 12 month period will lead to probation. If you receive five moving violations within a 24 month period, then you will lose your license for 30 days. If you receive another ticket within that probationary period, you will lose it for 60 days. It goes up to 120 days and more. You can be given temporary probation depending upon how many moving violations you receive within a 12 or 24 month period. After you receive your traffic ticket, you are entitled to a contested hearing. Let us use the following scenario, if you got four tickets within a 12 month period, and they send you a notice saying you are going to be suspended for 30 or 60 days. We can request a hearing where we usually can work out a probationary period with a hearing officer before any suspension goes into effect.

CDL disqualifications: Committing 2 or more serious traffic offenses arising from separate incidents within a 3-year period of time

What are serious traffic offenses? Speeding 15 miles per hour or more above the posted limit, reckless driving, any traffic violation, other than parking violations, that results in a fatal accident or collision. Also driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver license or without the proper endorsement, negligent driving, following too closely and failing to stop. Also failing to yield the right of way, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane change or travel, improper overtaking on the right or left, and improper driving to the left of center of the roadway. These are also serious: Texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle and using a cell phone while driving a commercial motor vehicle. Do offenses in non-commercial vehicles count? Offenses in both non-commercial and commercial vehicles count, but the offenses that trigger the disqualification involve a commercial vehicle, or a conviction of reckless driving in either vehicle. How long will my license be disqualified? 2 serious traffic offenses: 60 days. 3 serious traffic offenses: 120 days. How do I re-qualify? 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 $35 re-qualification fee. Can I appeal the disqualification? You may request an administrative review.

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 test.  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.