CDL ISSUES

Non-Immediate Disqualifications

Non-Immediate Disqualifications

Court Supervision for a serious or major traffic violation is considered a conviction if you hold a CDL. Court Supervision will not prevent the disqualification of your CDL or prevent the offense from appearing on your public driving record.

For serious violations while operating your CMV, your CDL will be disqualified after your:

  • 2nd violation within 3 years: For 60 days.
  • 3rd violation within 3 years: For 120 days.

If the violations occur while operating a non-CMV, there will not be a disqualification unless the offenses would cause a suspension or revocation of the base privilege.

A serious traffic violation can be any moving violation, generally. It is best to assume any moving violation can jeopardize a CDL. Examples of serious traffic violations include the following:
 
  • speeding 15 mph over the limit, 625 ILCS 5/11-601(b)
  • improper lane usage, 625 ILCS 5/11-709(a)
  • reckless driving, 625 ILCS 5/11-503(a)(1) and (a)(2)
  • following too close, 625 ILCS 5/11-710(a)

Immediate Action Disqualifications

The following will result of an immediate action disqualification regardless of the vehicle being driven:

    1. Refusing a chemical test;
    2. Registering over the legal limit:
      • (a) .04 if operating a CMV
      • (b)  .08 if operating a non-CMV;
    3. Conviction (including Court Supervision) for a DUI, Leaving the Scene, and Commission of a Felony While Operating a motor vehicle;
    4. Driving while base privileges are suspended, revoked, or canceled;
    5. Causing a fatality through the "negligent" operation of a vehicle.

Major offenses will result in the following disqualification terms:
 
    • 1st violation: 1 year.
      • 3 years if transporting hazardous materials.
    • 2nd violation: Life.
      • DUI offenders may be eligible for CDL reinstatement after 10 years, pending the completion of a state-approved alcohol program.

For more information see, The Uniform Commercial Driver's License Act at 625 ILCS 5/6-500.