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Can You Get a CDL With a DUI?


It’s no secret that a DUI can make it harder to get a job, especially if that job requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Potential students often want to know “Can you get a CDL with a DUI?”  The answer is yes, but there may be other obstacles to consider before you start the process. For example, because trucking companies must be able to insure their drivers, a DUI on your record will make you a high-risk driver and therefore more expensive to insure. This can make it difficult to find an employer who is willing to hire you.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you discuss your job opportunities with a potential employer or CDL school before enrolling in class. This will give you a better idea of which company is willing to hire you, despite your DUI. At Driver Resource Center, we will ensure you are employable before enrolling you in a class.

How to Get a CDL With a DUI?

The process for getting a CDL with a DUI is the same as without. The only difference is timing. States will require you to have a valid drivers’ license with no suspensions. Suspension times and wait times to get a CDL after a DUI can vary by state. It is best to review your state’s guidelines. In order to get CDL, certain requirements must be met. The following are basic requirements for obtaining a commercial license for the first time:

  • Be at least 18 years old to drive within your state
  • Bet at least 21 years old to drive across state lines
  • Pass a skills test
  • Have a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) for a minimum of 14 days
  • Be a permanent resident of your state
  • Have a valid, unexpired driver’s license in the state you will get a CDL
  • Pass driving background history evaluation
  • Complete an Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) program 

How Long Do I Have to Wait to Get my CDL?

Unfortunately, there is no quick answer to that question. Wait times to get a CDL after a DUI will vary depending on your state. To not be disqualified from the CDL test, most states require that the tester have no active driver’s license suspension or revocation of any kind. Even after you receive your CDL, some employers will require anywhere from 3-7 years between the time of application and the DUI, so keep this in mind when applying for jobs. 

What Companies Will Hire Me?

If you’re wondering whether you can still get a driving job after a DUI? The answer is that it depends on the company’s policy. Some companies are willing to hire drivers with DUIs after a certain number of years have passed, while others won’t hire them at all. It’s important to check with the company’s policies before applying, so that you know what to expect. Keep in mind that companies are allowed to operate according to their own policies and state laws, so even if one company doesn’t hire drivers with DUIs, there are many others that may be willing to do so. Our Career Specialists can help you find a good fit. So don’t be discouraged if you have a DUI on your record – there are still plenty of opportunities out there.

As you can see, it is possible to get a CDL with a DUI on your record. However, it may be more difficult to find an employer who is willing to hire you. With some help from the Driver Resource center, we can find the right job for you.


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