What is a CDL?

A commercial driving license, better known as a CDL, is a special license that is required by the Washington State Department of Licensing, for those drivers who drive any of the following types of vehicles:


  • Vehicles with a manufacturer's weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more

  • Trailers with a manufacturer’s weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more and a combined vehicles gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more

  • All vehicles designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver

  • All school buses

  • Vehicles used to transport any material that requires a hazardous material placarding

The Washington State Department of Licensing has several useful links to help understand who is required to obtain a commercial driver's license.  There are several requirements that need to be met prior to obtaining a CDL.  

Possibilities of Losing Your CDL

What is important to understand that if you do have a commercial driver’s license and you find yourself in a situation where you have received a traffic ticket, you might be in jeopardy of losing your commercial driver’s license.  If your regular Washington State driver’s license has been suspended, revoked, cancelled, or surrendered for any reason your CDL, or commercial driver’s license can be suspended, revoked or disqualified.  A CDL suspension can come from committing 2 or more serious traffic offenses arising from separate incidents within a 3 year period of time.  Your commercial driver’s license could be disqualified to up to 120 days.  There are requirements that need to be met prior to being able to re-qualify for the commercial driver’s license which may include the knowledge and driving test, a $20.00 requalification fee, as well as a possibility of obtaining a letter from the Transportation Security Administration stating that you have passed their background check.

Protection is the Key

Once a driver has obtained a commercial driver’s license, protecting the license so it is not suspended, revoked, cancelled or surrendered is extremely important.  Rick is an experienced traffic attorney and helps protect those drivers who have commercial driver’s licenses.

If you have recently been pulled over and received a traffic ticket, and have a commercial driver’s license,  give us a call or email us. We will get right back to you. Rick has years of developed relationships with judges, prosecutors, and court clerks. Rick will do his best to help protect your commercial driver’s license.  

If you have any questions at any time throughout the process you can always call and ask the office - we are more than happy to help.

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