Ignition Interlock Device, Prospects Of Obtaining A CDL Learner Permit, And License.

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Jonathan J.'s Comment
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Hi guys my name is Jonathan, I've stumbled upon great topics here on trucking truth, and have decided to open up my profile with you guys. The thing is that I'm currently not in school I am a student at Marywood University studying Architecture but for the moment have taken some time off school. I do have a strong desire to obtain a CDL and hopefully drive some rigs, so I'm taking this time off from school to study and really focus on the information on the CDL booklet, I'm soon hoping to go and apply for the learner permit but I fear that I won't be eligible for it since I do have a ignition interlock device restriction on my license that will expire 7-24-19, since I have not driven at all since the conviction which was back in 2014 I had forgotten about this restriction until now that I plan on obtaining a CDL. I guess my question is am I eligible to obtain a learner permit and perhaps the license too or will I have to wait until the ignition interlock device expires? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Ps I'm a New York State Resident.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Jonathan, welcome aboard!

I've never seen a big rig fitted with such a device, and can't even conceive it as a possibility. You could get a permit, but I don't know where you could find a school with a truck you could legally practice with for your driving test.

The far greater problem for you will be finding employment. The DUI is gonna seriously restrict you.

Your best bet is to wait until your DUI is about five years old. That is when your window of opportunity will begin to open up a little bit, but even then you are going to find it a little tough. Hopefully you can understand the liability risk you bring to the table.

You are simply going to have to wait and prove that you are willing and able to get this behind you so that you can move forward.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Big Scott's Comment
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As Old School said, you willnhave to wait. Where do you live in NY? Drive as much as you can. Build time and a clean DL. Drive like an old person. Slow and careful. Over the next 5 years while you go to school and work study the High Road Training Program and hang out here. You can't be over prepared for trucking. Your whole life will change over the next 5 years. Keep your nose clean and your head on straight. Good luck. We are always here to help.

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.
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