Testing positive on the Department of Transportation test for drugs or alcohol

How long will my license be disqualified?

Your license disqualification period is based on how long you've held a Commercial Driver License (CDL) and how many offenses you commit.

If you have been disqualified for 1 year or more or if you never held a CDL

Your disqualification lasts for 10 years or until the first 2 items needed to re-qualify (see below) are met, whichever comes first.

If you have 3 positive drug or alcohol tests in 5 years

You will be disqualified from holding a CDL for life.

How do I re-qualify?

You can't re-qualify from a lifetime disqualification.

To requalify from a temporary disqualification:

  • Have an alcohol/drug assessment by a substance abuse professional (SAP)
  • Provide evidence that you have successfully completed or participated in an approved alcohol/drug treatment or education program as recommended by the SAP
  • Pass the CDL knowledge and driving tests
  • For a hazardous materials endorsement, pass a separate knowledge test
    • We also may require you to show us a letter from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stating you passed their background check
  • Pay a $150 re-qualification fee and any licensing fees

Can I appeal the disqualification?

You can request an administrative review within 20 days of the date on your notice of disqualification letter. We will send you the form to request a review with your notice of disqualification. Learn more about requesting a hearing.

What issues will be considered at the hearing?

  • Whether you were the person who took the drug or alcohol test
  • Whether your employer has a safety program that meets federal motor carrier requirements
  • Whether the officer or technician who performed the test accurately followed the procedures needed to certify test results

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