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Can a trucker keep both the regular DL together with the CDL?

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Serah D.'s Comment
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Can a trucker keep both the regular DL together with the CDL? Saw a question in the following link. Mine regular DL was taken by DMV (NJ) once they learned l had a CDL.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4216826-ask-trooper-dwis-and-commercial-drivers-licenses

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Serah, you're only supposed to have one license.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Your "CDL" also authorizes you to drive a "regular car". A class A with all endorsements - pretty much let's you drive anything with wheels. My PTX + Motorcycle - I can drive anything but a school bus (YECH - KIDS!).

But you are only allowed to possess ONE DRIVERS LICENSE FROM ONE STATE, if you have a CDL.

In the case you linked to - the CDL PRIVILEGE would be suspended for a year - but the REGULAR DRIVERS LICENSE would still be valid, if it wasn't also suspended for a year. Also remember the DUI threshold while operating a CMV is .04 - usually ONE HALF the BAC for a DUI in a car.

So if your drivers license was suspended by the court for 30 days - your CDL WOULD STILL BE SUSPENDED (disqualified) FOR A YEAR. At which point you could re-apply for your CDL. DMV will issue you a "regular operators license" to drive cars with, until you qualify for a CDL again. After losing it for a year - you may also be required to RE-TAKE YOUR TESTS (written & skills). This appears to vary from state to state.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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