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DWI convictions can have many negative consequences on your life, including your ability to drive legally, employment options, high court costs and fines, and other negative impacts. After a DWI a driver can get their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) after his driver’s license suspension has ended.

You cannot get your CDL while your license is currently suspended for DWI, but after your suspension you are eligible to get a CDL. The question then becomes can you find employment that requires a Commercial Driver’s License after you have been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Many insurance companies have rules that their commercial customers must follow in regards to hiring CDL drivers. Many insurance companies will not insure CDL drivers for a company if they have had a DWI within the last three years, sometimes longer.  This means that if you have a DWI within the last 3-5 years finding employment will be very difficult.

It is also important to note that the legal limit for BAC (blood alcohol content) is lower than that for a regular driver’s license. In Missouri a CDL holder must be below .04, even in their personal vehicle, while a regular license holder is required to stay under .08.

If you have a Commercial Driver’s License and have a DWI on your record, or have an upcoming case for DWI contact DWI lawyer Casey Coats at (314) 644-7102 for help.

37 Responses so far.

  1. jamesmount says:

    Well, I am not a commercial driver and hence, I had no idea of it. Thank you for sharing the knowledge and keeping us updated.

  2. Ryan says:

    depends how old the dui is and even then you may have slimmer pickings, but in general yes you can still hold a cdl and likely find work.

    • I have question, which the answer to is PROBABLY a big NO. I was convicted of 3 – DUI’s within a 2 year period. (All on Parking lots, waiting for someone to pick me up). The Judge, was one of the men my “ex wife” had been having an affair with. I was ‘DEEMED’ a Habitual Alcoholic & my License……was revoked/suspended for 10 years. (The Judge tried to do it for LIFE). I’d worked 3 jobs, from the time I was in College, until aged 35, when I found she was “sleeping” with half the “Law” Community in our town. (I WON’T Dignify it by calling it a LEGAL/LAWFUL Community, as 19 years of my life & 3/4 of a Million dollars were taken from me in a Divorce, that only took an hour). My town is a “Good ‘ole Boy” town. They watch out for each other. I took a Mandatory, INTENSIVE “Outpatient” Drug rehabilitation Program, followed by a year’s worth of “POP” drug tests, (taken at the DNA Level). After fines were paid, my Driving privileges ARE restored, & I’ve just renewed my Operator’s license for the second time. I’ve not so much as had a Parking ticket….since, (OR Before the Ugly Divorce). Do I have ANY Chance of obtaining a CDL…??? (I ALSO, sent ALL the photographic evidence, Motel receipts, & Pictures, “Certified Delivery” to ALL the wives, of whom my “ex” was fooling around with. I was arrested one time for an 1892 Ordinance, against spitting in the dirt). Just Wondering…???

      • Monique says:

        That is horrible and I am so sorry. I can’t even imgaine how you feel or felt. I do know that I have also gone through cheating. It is painful enough, but to go as far as, to set out to have the rest of your life ruined, she is an absolute poor excuse for a human being. If I was an attorney I would fight for you free!!!! 🙂

      • Emby says:

        Dude? Seriously. You obviously did more than sit in a parking lot 3 different times. Find another job to go after, driving is not it.

      • JVN says:

        Get out of that town! I’ve heard stories like this before, it’s not that uncommon. I wouldn’t have believed you had something similar not happened to me, but most people won’t believe you because they live in a different reality. If you stay in that town you do it on their terms, you have to “confess” you have to legitimize everything that happened and repent! Haha! I’m being serious! It’s just as bad everywhere probably it’s just that in other areas everyone is a stranger and they don’t get the opportunity to be involved in real life movies like that. Anyways best of luck

      • Kenneth says:

        I went through this exact same thing in Stanton,KY!! My ex wife,the cops!! All of it!!

    • shawn Gibbon says:

      It has been 7yrs, do I have a chance?.

      • Alejandro Puentes says:

        Start by getting your license, then just hold onto it till an opportunity comes… maybe pay won’t be as good as a clean record… and no alcohol at all is the way to go if your about your money maybe once a month is a good way to think of it

  3. James says:

    My question is can I still obtain my cdl’s even though my license was not suspended for a DUI and still suspended for a failure to appear 10 yes ago?

  4. Mike W says:

    I have a DUI from 2010, I would imagine that im ok to go forward on getting a CDL and driving for someone. are there any companies that will pay for my training and liscencing?

    • robert says:

      i just tried to sign up with new England Tracter trailer school.they called me back and said because i had 2 duis on my record 20 plus years ago.suspended for life.i dont no how true this is,but in the process of looking into it.somebody with a criminal record can have his record sealed in 10 years.they say cdl is is it possible through a appeal that i can fight this.have regular Lliscence for the past 8 tears no parking tickets,no speeding tickets.i really would like to get my cdl,.lots of work in that field.

      • Honey says:

        That adreessds several of my concerns actually.

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  5. xaviera says:

    I had a dui in 2000 16 years ago i recently applied to be a fulton county school bus driver and was denied because of that dui…will i still be able to get my cdl.. Or any job driving??????

    • Casey Coats says:

      You may be able to get a CDL but finding a job may be a bit difficult. Luckily the DUI was a long time ago so that may help. You probably won’t have much luck finding a job as a school bus driver though.

  6. mike says:

    I have 2 dwi’s in 1990 and 1 in 1997 can I still get my cdl with 3 dwi’s all over 20 years ago

    • Casey Coats says:

      Under Missouri law no you cannot get a CDL with 3 DUI/DWIs.

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      • jeffry garner says:

        What about nm law

  7. Dawn says:

    My husband’s job is threatening to fire him, because his cdl was suspended along with his driver’s license for a dui 3 yrs ago, it is a requirement, and at the moment he does not meet the requirement, he has paid his dues, completed SATOP, done with probation. He has his driver’s license back, He’s all done and good, Why didn’t his cdl reinstate when his license did, he has been at this job for 31 yrs, I have done some research, and, He’s gonna take some sick time that he earned, to buy some time, and we are gonna get his cdl,Back before he goes back to work, Requirement met! The funny thing is if they knew at all what they were doing, they’d know he can get reinstated. I knew something wasn’t right, he was just gonna go along, assuming they were right and lose his job, I’m all about rights & the laws, and being treated fairly and just! Do NOT ever just give in or give up, .Do a lil research, you never know what you will find out, a 31 yr job was saved,

  8. Mark Peterson says:

    I had 4 dwi’s well over 10 years ago, I would like to get my CDL to open up a whole new

  9. stu says:

    I had a dui 3 years ago been OK ever since. But is it wise I apply for it now or should I wait?

  10. Edward says:

    I got two DWI back in 2005 and 2007..can I still get my cdl

  11. Toni says:

    I just recetly got a DUI, blew twice the legal limit. Had my CDL going ten years with my current gov job.And its my first DUI I was wondering how will this effect my CDL and job and woll DOT notified my job

  12. Belete Asegie says:

    Am 24 year old. my CDL A license suspend one year ago. B/c of DWI . i get it after one month. Can I get job or not! !!!

  13. Bootny D says:

    I blew a 1.99 with my big cock and the arresting officer was so envious, he let me off. Well I really had to first sleep it off, then I was allowed to drive. Moral of the story is: If you have a big cock that can blow out air, and it’s a white male arresting officer, then your chances are pretty good of getting off.

  14. Not required says:

    Holy……. fuck. Can no one on this site type. Jesus it’s painful. I hope none of you fucking drive ever!! judging by the intelligence I just read here.

  15. Landon Bouzigard says:

    I had a dwi 7 yrs ago (.08) can I still get a CDL in the state of texas? Im in the process of doing a background for a new job and im hoping this will not effect me with getting employed.

  16. Arlando Kirkwood says:

    Can I pursue a CDL liscene after a previous DWI on the night of October 19, 2017. My liscene is suspended until May 2, 2018. I just need any information I can get to make this happen.

  17. Michael says:

    I had a dui in 2010 and am looking at a job as a tow truck operator, i have a current license but i need a dmv printout for hire am i eligible for the job? How far back does the chp look regarding cdl employment in California? My dui was 8 yrs ago.

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  19. Russell Jones says:

    Can I get a CDL without going back to s hool I went to PDI in New Buffalo Michigan in 1990 I think it was bit can I just get a refresher course I only drove for 3 yrs

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