Can I Lose My CDL after a DUI?


When you drive for a living, a DUI conviction can be devastating.

Commercial drivers facing DUI charges should be familiar with the consequences of a conviction. For drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), there are separate considerations that must be made in regards to your drivers’ licenses.

Consequences of a Commercial Vehicle DUI

When a CDL driver faces a DUI, the DMV will open up a case against the driver’s normal license and the driver’s CDL. If the driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) was 0.04 or more, even on the first offense, the driver will have the CDL revoked for a year. For someone whose livelihood is based on commercial driving, a license revocation can have dire ramifications. For the regular driver’s license to be revoked, your BAC has to be over 0.08.

If the truck was carrying hazardous materials at the time of your DUI, your license will be revoked for three years, even for a first offense. This kind of conviction could end a truck-driving career.

Any second CDL violation results in a lifetime loss of your CDL.

If you are facing the revocation of your CDL as a result of a DUI, you must contact a lawyer immediately. Swift action can help you get your charges reduced and help protect your career and livelihood.

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