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Does a driver need a CDL to operate a vehicle under 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rated?
No. A CDL is only required when driving vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds; any combined gross vehicle weight rating (2 units) 26,001 or more pounds; any vehicle that is required to be placarded, or carriers of 16 or more passengers including the driver. (§383.5)
What is the minimum age requirement for obtaining a CDL to operate interstate?
The driver must be at least 21 years old to operate an interstate commercial motor vehicle. (§391.11)
If a vehicle is under 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rated, but has air brakes, does the driver need a CDL?
No. Having air brakes is not a determining factor as to whether you are required to have a CDL (refer to first answer in this section). (§§383.5 and 383.95)
We have a driver with a CDL Learner's Permit. Do we have to have a complete Drivers Qualification File on this driver?
If a driver is convicted of a DUI, how long will he loose his CDL?
For one year, for the first offense and forever for the second offense. (§383.51)
How long do our drivers have once they move to another state to change their CDL?
30 days. (§384.212(b))
If my CDL with a Hazmat Endorsement expires and I go to the Motor Vehicle office to renew my CDL license,take my Hazmat Skills Test, but my Hazmat Endorsement Federal Security Threat Assesment hasn't come back yet, can I still operate a CMV?
Yes, you just can't haul Hazmat. You must return to the Motor Vehicle office once the HEFSTA comes in to get the Hazmat Endorsement added back on.
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