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All commercial driver's license (CDL) disqualifications are mandatory by law. The RMV does not have discretion on these disqualifications. An operator with a CDL disqualification is not eligible to apply for a hardship license. Hearings for CDL disqualifications are not granted. However, you may request a hearing to dispute the accuracy of the RMV's record only. If you feel that an error has been made, you will need to present documentation to demonstrate that you were found not guilty or not responsible for the reported violation.
For more information, please refer to the CDL Manual.
For any combination of the following, you will be disqualified from holding a CDL for at least 1 year for a 1st offense and life for a 2nd offense:
Driving any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance (illegal drugs)
Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .04% or more
Refusing to take an alcohol test as required by law while driving any vehicle
Leaving the scene of an accident while driving any vehicle
Using any vehicle to commit a felony
Causing a fatality through negligent operation while operating a CMV
Driving a CMV when, as a result of a prior violation committed in a CMV, your CDL was suspended, revoked, or cancelled
If any of the above offenses occur while you are operating a CMV that is placarded for hazardous materials, you will lose your CDL for at least 3 years.
You will also lose your CDL for life if you use any vehicle to commit a felony involving the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of controlled substances.
You will lose your CDL:
For at least 60 days for 2 serious traffic violations within a 3 year period.
For at least 120 days for 3 serious traffic violations within a 3 year period.
Serious traffic violations are:
Excessive speeding (15 mph or more above posted limit).
Reckless driving or improper or erratic lane changes.
Following a vehicle too closely.
Traffic offenses committed in connection with fatal traffic accidents.
Driving a CMV without obtaining a CDL.
Driving a CMV without a CDL in your possession.
Driving a CMV without the proper class of CDL and/or endorsement.
If you are convicted of driving a CMV in violation of federal, state, or local law at a railroad crossing, you will lose your CDL for 60 days for a first offense, 120 days for a second offense, and one year for a 3rd or subsequent offense for any combination of the following:
Failure to slow down and check that the tracks are clear of an approaching train
Failure to stop before reaching the crossing when the tracks are not clear
Failure to stop before driving onto the crossing
Failure to have sufficient space to drive completely through the crossing without stopping
Failure to obey a traffic control device or the directions of an enforcement official at the crossing
Failure to negotiate a crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance
For safety reasons, certain commercial vehicles requiring a CDL have limitations on the number of hours you can drive before a mandated break/rest period. This period is referred to as being out-of-service.
If, while operating a CMV transporting non-hazardous materials, you are convicted of violating an out-of-service order, you will lose your CDL for 90 days to one year for a 1st offense, one year to 5 years for a 2nd offense, and 3 years to 5 years for a 3rd or subsequent offense.
If, while operating a CMV transporting hazardous materials required to be placarded or while operating a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, you are convicted of violating an out-of-service order, you will lose your CDL for 180 days to 2 years for a 1st offense, and 3 years to 5 years for a 2nd, 3rd or subsequent offense.
From area codes 339, 617, 781, and 857, or from outside Massachusetts
From all other Massachusetts area codes
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