If you hold a commercial driver license (CDL) or commercial learner permit (CLP), you may have your CDL or CLP disqualified for a specified amount of time if you are convicted of certain offenses. A list of the most common types of convictions with the disqualification period is provided in the table below.
NOTE: You may also be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle if you are a CDL or CLP holder and are convicted of certain types of moving violations in your personal vehicle. For more information on those types of violations and other CDL rules, please visit Texas Transportation Code 522.081.
|Alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident or commission of a felony||At least one year for first offense, lifetime for a second offense|
|Alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident or commission of a felony while operating a commercial motor vehicle placarded for hazardous materials||At least three years for first offense; lifetime for second offense|
|Two serious traffic offenses (i.e. excessive speeding, reckless driving, improper or erratic lane changes, following too closely, etc.) within three years||60 days|
|Three serious traffic offenses (i.e. excessive speeding, reckless driving, improper or erratic lane changes, following too closely, etc.) within three years||120 days|
|Railroad-highway grade crossing violations||60 days for first offense; 120 days for second offense within 3 years; at least 1 year for third offense within 3 years|
|Using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony||Lifetime|
In an effort to improve border security, Texas has implemented the Texas Hold'em Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to reduce human and illegal contraband smuggling in commercial vehicles.
Any individual who knowingly transports an alien is subject to federal penalties, including a fine, imprisonment, and lifetime disqualification of commercial driving privileges.
In certain circumstances, you may be eligible to request a hearing to contest the disqualification of your CDL. If the request is submitted within the required 20 days, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will send you a letter to the address on record. The letter will provide the date, time and location of the hearing. Please allow up to 120 days for a hearing to be scheduled. Requests made after the required 20 days will be denied and you will be notified by mail that the disqualification remains in effect.
Hearings are conducted in a municipal or justice court in the county where you live. During the hearing, you are responsible for providing facts to the hearing officer who will determine if the grounds for the disqualification are valid.
NOTE: If you have already been through the administrative hearing process and the decision resulted in the disqualification of your commercial driver license, you may be eligible to appeal that decision.
If your CDL or CLP is disqualified due to the conviction of two or more serious traffic offenses, you will not have any reinstatement requirements. The CDL/CLP is automatically reinstated after the required disqualification period if there are not any other enforcement actions against your driving record.
NOTE: CDL and CLP holders are not eligible to take the driver safety course.
To check the status of your driver license or to determine if you are eligible for reinstatement, visit the License Eligibility webpage. This page will provide you with information on what you will need to reinstate your driver license or driving privilege, including any fees you may owe. Once all compliance items have been processed and your mandatory suspension period has ended, your driver eligibility status will be updated to reflect "eligible".