Restoring Cdl

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Kevin L.'s Comment
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I have been talking to another driver here in PA and we have been debating what he will need to do to get his cdl back. I have an idea but he has another so I want to ask here and find out for certain.

He had a Pennsylvania class A cdl when he drove a regular car and broke enough laws he had his license suspended for one year that began last July. His CDL expired in December. Now he knows he will need to pay a restitution fee but he thinks that’s all he needs to do or pay. I think he will need to pay the renewal fees and may need to retest entirely as it will have been expired over 6 months by the time he can have it reinstated. Can some of you out there please clarify the process.

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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PA says they should have sent him a letter before the suspension was up. He can get a copy online telling him what he needs to do. However, the site says he may have been required to completely retest, even if it was not expired. According to the site, his actual CDL was never reinstated if he never followed the steps.

keep in mind, if this was a 2nd DUI , he may not be getting that CDL back.

The fact he allowed it to expire would suggest to me that he no longer has a CDL and would need to completely retest.

PA CDL site

this is a lesson to everyone...protect your CDL! it is your livelihood

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'd have to agree. His license was suspended and he lost his CDL with it.

I'd recommend contacting the states DMV to see what needs to be done to reobtain his CDL.

The other hurdle he will face is that 1 year suspension. If and when he gets his CDL back, it will be difficult to find a job. Not impossible, but he won't have a lot of choices.

Once he gets his CDL back, I'd advise him to apply everywhere and take a closer look at second chance companies like Western Express, PTL, Carolina Cargo, etc.

He'll need to stick with them for at least a year of safe driving and more doors would open up for him.

I wish your friend the best. He is more than welcome to come here to the TT forums and we'd be glad to answer any questions.

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.

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