Grounds for Commercial Driver’s License Disqualification


60-day and 120-day disqualifications:

  • If convicted on a railroad highway grade crossing violation, 60 days for first violation, 120 days for second violation
  • If convicted on two serious traffic violations within 3 years, a driver may lose his/her license for 60 days.
  • A third conviction within 3 years results in a 120-day disqualification.

Serious violations include the following:

  • Excessive speed (15 MPH or more over posted speed limit).
  • Reckless driving (RCW 46.61.500).
  • Negligent driving (RCW 46.61.525).
  • Following too close (RCW 46.61.45).
  • Improper/erratic lane changes.
  • Overtaking on the right (RCW 46.61.115). Limitations on overtaking on the left (RCW 46.61.120).
  • Limitations on driving to the left of the center of the roadway (RCW 46.61.125).

180 days to two year’s disqualifications:

A driver is disqualified for at least 180 days, up to two years, for the following convictions:

  • Violation of an out-of-service order while transporting hazardous materials requiring placards.
  • Violation of an out-of-service order while operating a bus designed to carry 16 or more passengers.

One year disqualifications:

A driver is disqualified for not less than one year for a first-time conviction on the following offenses:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or any drugs;
  • Driving with an alcohol concentration of .04 or more;
  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Using a commercial vehicle in the commission of a felony;
  • Refusing to take a blood-alcohol test;
  • A third conviction on railroad grade crossing violation within three year

Three year disqualifications:

A driver is disqualified for at least three years:

  • If convicted of any of the above-listed one-year offenses while transporting
    hazardous materials;
  • A second conviction in a period of 10 years on a violation of an out-of-service
    order involving transportation of placarded hazardous materials or a bus designed for 16 or more passengers.

Lifetime disqualifications:

A person may be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for life for the following:

  • A second conviction for any of the above-listed offenses. (The second conviction may be for the same or a different offense.)
  • For using a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance, or possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance.
  • Three or more disqualifications within 5 years for confirmed positive drug or alcohol test under 49 CFR Part 382 and 49 CFR Part 40.

Notification to employer and licensing State required: Upon conviction for any State or local traffic violation, drivers must notify the Department of Licensing (except for parking infractions) and must notify their employer(s) within 30 days. This notification must include the following information:

  • Driver’s full name.
  • Driver’s license number.
  • Date of conviction.
  • Details about the offense, including any resulting suspension, revocation, or cancellation of driving privileges.
  • Indication of whether the violation happened in a commercial motor vehicle.
  • Location of offense.
  • Driver’s signature.

Notification to employer of driver’s license suspensions: Drivers must provide their employer(s) notice by the end of the business day following the day the driver is informed of suspension, inactivation, revocation, cancellation, disqualification, or loss of the right to operate a commercial motor vehicle for any period of time.
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