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Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Information

            The following is a general outline regarding Commercial Drivers Licenses in Colorado.  The laws pertaining to CDL privileges change often and are not necessarily uniform from state to state.  You should call me or your local DMV office to verify that this information reflects the current state of the law before you rely on it.

            A commercial vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce with a gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more. 49 CFR 383.5 / 42-4-402(4)(a)(1); 402(6)

There are 6 ways to be disqualified from having a CDL:

Conviction is defined as "An unvacated adjudication of guilt; finding by a court or an authorized administrative body of a violation; forfeiture of bail; plea of guilty or nolo contendere; payment of fine or court cost; or violation of a condition of release without bail. 49 CFR 383.5.  (Note that a DMV revocation hearing counts as a conviction)  If a CDL is revoked, or it is suspended for more than 1 year, the driver must be retested.  Suspensions under 1 year are automatic reinstatements.

        1. Major disqualifying offenses.  (1 year loss for driving a regular CV.  3 years for a hazmat vehicle.  Lifetime CDL ban for a second offense )   Unlike many other states, Colorado does not allow for reinstatement after 10 years under the federal law.

        2. Serious traffic violations in any vehicle. But if driving a non-CMV, the action is taken only if the triggering conviction also results in a restraint of regular driving privileges. (i.e., a points suspension)  49 CFR 383.51(c)

"Length of disqualification for serious traffic violations in a CMV."  No effect on regular driving privilege is required.  49 CFR 383.51(c)

            *** Under federal law, Judges are not allowed to "mask" convictions.  49 CFR 384.226.  "The state must not mask, defer imposition of judgment, or allow an individual to enter into a diversion program that would prevent a CDL driver's conviction for any violation, in any type of motor vehicle, of a state or local traffic control law (except a parking violation) from appearing on a driver's record, whether the driver was convicted of an offense committed in the state where the driver license is licensed or another state."  -- NO DEFERREDS. 

        3. Railroad grade crossing violations  49 CFR 383.51(d)

        4. Violations of out-of-service orders.  Driver, vehicle 49 CFR 396.7(c)(1), or motor carrier is out-of-service.  No conviction required.  Must be driving a CMV.   Driver is placed out of service for 24 hours.  49 CFR 383.51(c) / 42-2-405.5

             Driver of property-carrying vs. passenger-carrying CMV out of service requirements are different.  More serious for property-carrying due to weight of vehicles.

            Violating an out-of-service order - Federal

            Violating an out-of-service order - Colorado

            In Colorado, you are entitled to a hearing.  The issue at the hearing is "Did the driver receive a conviction or deferred sentence for violating an OSO?"  The HO can reduce the period of disqualification after considering;

        5. Cancel / Deny based on false statement.  49 CFR 383.73(g) The only issues at the hearing are:

        6. Driver an imminent hazard (By federal authorities) 42 CFR 383.5; 383.52; 386.72(b)(1); 392.3

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