It is against the law to drive under the influence in Washington. Depending on your circumstances and the severity of your offense, a DUI could compromise your driving privileges.
If you have a CDL license, not only could your DUI impact your ability to drive, it could also impact your ability to work. Knowing what to expect can help you identify your next steps.
Terms of disqualification
A DUI means instant disqualification of your CDL license for at least one year. This time expands to three years if your DUI happened while transporting hazardous materials. According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, any subsequent DUIs will permanently disqualify you from operating a commercial vehicle.
After your DUI you can petition for an administrative review of your case. This allows you to discuss the specifics of your situation in an attempt to reduce charges. Depending on the outcome of the administrative review you could get your license reinstated sooner.
Steps to re-qualify
If you meet the criteria for re-qualifying for your CDL license, you will need to follow a series of steps to get your privileges back including the following:
- Re-take and pass the CDL licensing test
- Re-take and pass any necessary endorsements
- Pay a $35 reinstatement fee
Once you have your license back you can begin driving your commercial vehicle again. Your DUI will remain on your driving record for life. Employers may inquire about your former charges prior to hiring you as a driver. Under these circumstances, focus on what you have done to correct your behavior and improve your skills as a commercial driver.