Impact of a DUI on Commercial Driver’s License Holders

A DUI conviction can be especially problematic for a commercial driver’s license holder.  A driver’s license suspension for a commercial driver can have a significant impact on the licensee’s ability to make a living if, as a result of a suspension, they lose the ability to engage in work-related driving.

Stiffer License Suspensions for Commercial License Holders Who Get a DUI

The DMV will suspend your commercial driver’s license if you are arrested while driving a vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04% or more, or driving under the influence of drugs, or driving under the influence of any alcoholic beverage — meaning that your mental/physical abilities are impaired to an extent that you can no longer drive with the ordinary care and caution of a sober driver.

Your commercial license can be suspended even if you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the DUI offense. For example, if you are a commercial license holder, and you get a DUI in your personal vehicle, your commercial license can be suspended!

Commercial license suspension periods:

  • First offense: 1 year suspension
  • Second offense: Suspension for life

If I Get a DUI Under My Commercial License, Can I Get a Restricted License?

Most first-time DUI offenders who have non-commercial licenses can get a special restricted license during their license suspension period that allows them to drive to and from work and in the course and scope of business and to and from DUI school.

But commercial license holders are not eligible for a restricted “commercial” license that allows them to drive for work.  Commercial license holders with a first-time commercial DUI may apply for a regular non-commercial license, but the restriction does not permit any work-related driving that would require a commercial license.