If you have points on your license and you’re trying to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL) you might have concerns. There are stricter standards for CDL drivers than there are for the average citizen, and for good reason. Commercial drivers are often carrying large loads, hazardous materials, and driving oversized vehicles, so the dangers they can pose are greater. If you have points on your license already, whether or not you can get a CDL depends somewhat on state laws. However, there are federal laws in place that govern CDL drivers, as well. Here are the Federal requirements you’ll have to meet in order to get your CDL.
To obtain your commercial permit, you’ll likely have to provide several forms of documentation. First, you’ll have to provide a copy of your current driver’s license. Second, you’ll need to supply a 10-year history of your driving behavior, or your driving record. You can get this record from the DMV website in digital or hard copy form. Finally, you’ll have to consent to a medical examination and sign a consent form to that effect.
Before you can obtain your actual, official commercial driver’s license, you’ll have to be in possession of your permit for at least 14 calendar days. Additionally, you’ll be required to take and pass a skills test to demonstrate competency and knowledgeability. Finally, you’ll need to provide a vehicle for your skills test. This vehicle must be the same type that you’ll be driving with your license. If you’re getting your CDL in order to drive for a specific company, that company might have a loaner vehicle on hand for the purposes of employee testing. However, that isn’t always the case.
If the points on your license were for something minor and happened eight years ago, you’re probably fine. Your driving history is typically assessed on a case by case basis. If you have serious violations on your record or a high number of points, that might be a problem. The Federal check is also beholden to state laws, so you’ll have to check with your state to see if you have too many points or if you are disqualified for any other reason. California, for instance, currently doesn’t allow more than two tickets within a three-year period. The points aren’t so much the issue, it’s the number of violations they care about. There are as many sets of regulations and rules as there are states, so be sure to check into it. It all comes down to being able to prove that you’re not a liability. If the state doesn’t see you as one, then you’re probably okay. If they do, then you’ll have a harder time getting your CDL.
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