How Many Points Can You Have On A CDL License?

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If you have a Class A, B, or C commercial Drivers Licence, you are allowed to operate a private or commercial vehicle.

However, there are some offenses that you can commit that can lead to the revocation of your driver’s license.

This will also cause you to lose all driving privileges such as the commercial driver license.

During the revocation or suspension period, a CDL holder isn’t allowed to drive any commercial motor vehicle. 

If they need to operate a non-commercial vehicle, the holder of a CDL license can only apply for some limited driving privilege.

How the Point System Works

If you get 8 points within 18 months:

  • For the first  time, you are suspended for 30 days
  • The second suspension is for 60 days
  • The 3rd suspension or more last for 90 DAYS

Your license will be revoked for a year if:

  • You get 12 points within 2 months
  • 18 points within 24 months
  • 24 points within 36 months.

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Offense Causing Revocation/Suspension of a Driver’ License

These include:

  • Accumulating points due to traffic offenses that happen when driving a vehicle. These offenses may include careless driving, speeding, or driving under the influence.
  • Driving a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of at least 0.08%. If under the age of 21, driving with a BAC of 0.02%. This may cause administrative revocation or suspension.
  • Driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. This cause an administrative suspension.
  • Refusing to submit a chemical testing when such is required by the law enforcement agencies(An administration revocation ) 
  • Failure to submit chemical testing when required doing so by law enforcement. This causes a revocation of one year.
  • Suspension or revocation is ordered by the court due to alcohol or drug-related offense. This leads to abuse or loss of administrative action against the license.

Here are some of the point system violations:

  • Excessive speeding: 3 points
  • Driving when already disqualified: 2 points
  • Not keeping to the right: 2 points
  • Failure or wrong signal: 2 points
  • Following closely: 2 points
  • Wrong lane: 2 points
  • Not having commercial driver license:2 points.

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Driving History of a Commercial Driver

When driving from one state to the other your commercial driving history will move with you from one state to the other.

This information is usually shown under the information driving history.

If it occurred from a serious or disqualifying offense, or if there are additional offenses, all the historical and current offenses are used to determine if there is a need for the disqualification of the commercial driving privilege.


When you lose your commercial driving privileges, this is known as a disqualification. 

If you aren’t revoked or suspended for a certain period, you can continue to drive private noncommercial motor vehicles without getting limited driving privileges.

Some of the reasons that may lead to disqualification include:

Disqualification for 60 days

If a driver who is a CDL holder has 2 serious convictions within 3 years, this will lead to a 60 days disqualification.

Some of the serious traffic convictions include driving at a speed of 15 mph and above, reckless driving, wrong change of lane, tailgating…

… a traffic violation that resulted in a fatal crash, driving a commercial vehicle without a CDL, or driving with the wrong CDL class or driving with a CDL with restrictions.

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How Many Points Can A Truck Driver Have?

Disqualification for 90 days

If a driver violates an out-of-service order when driving a CMV, this may lead to a 90 days disqualification.

Disqualification for 120 days

 If a driver had a conviction for 3 or more serious events within 3 years, they will be disqualified for 120 days.

The serious events are similar to the offense for a 60 days violation.

Violating a highway or railroad regulation when driving a commercial vehicle will also lead to disqualification for 120 days. View do non moving violations effects!

180 days disqualification

This can result from:

  • Getting convicted for the first time while under an out of service order
  • A first conviction for carrying hazardous material  while under an out of service order
  • Carrying more than 15 passengers under an out of service order

One year disqualification

  • Having a BAC of 0.04% or more when driving a commercial vehicle 
  • A CDL holder driving  a CMV  under the influence
  • A CMV driver refusing a breath or blood test
  • Not stopping at the scene of an accident
  • Driving a motor vehicle negligently  resulting in a fatality
  • Lying when applying for a CDL
  • Violating a highway or railroad within 3 years when operating a CMV.

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Disqualification for 2 years

Having a second traffic violation

Three years disqualification

  • Getting convicted for the first time for one of the leading 7 violations in the disqualification for one year but when driving hazardous materials.
  • Getting convicted for the third time  in 10 years while under an out of service order.
  • Getting convicted more than 2 times in 10 years for under an out of service order while driving a commercial motor vehicle that is transporting over 15 passengers or hazardous materials

Lifetime disqualification

  • Getting convicted for the second time for the leading 7 violations in the one year disqualification,
  • Getting convicted for the first time for the use of a motor vehicle to make or distribute drugs,
  • Getting convicted for the first time for using a motor vehicle to commit a felony.

People Also Asked!

How many points can a truck driver have?

A truck driver can have a maximum of 14 points.

How do I reduce points on my license?

There are several measures you can use to reduce points on your driving license.

If you have a maximum of 7 points, you can reduce them after every 5 years.

To qualify for the reduction in points, you should complete the driver improvement course (defensive driving).

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Can you get a CDL with points on your license?

Before you get the original CDL, you should qualify for the license depending on your driving license.

If you have a current denial, cancellation, or revocation, you may not get a CDL.

If you have a conviction of a 6 point violation 24 months before the application, you may not qualify.

What are serious driving offenses?

These include reckless driving, driving in a dangerous way or at a dangerous speed.

How long do Points stay on CDL?

Can You Get A CDL With Points On Your License?Points gotten from a serious speed violation with stay for 3 years.

However, the conviction will still be visible to potential employers for more than 3 years.

What happens if you get a ticket with a CDL?

Serious traffic violations will cause revocation of your CDL.

Do truck drivers get extra points?

Yes. Truck drivers with an unrestricted license are allowed a maximum of 13 points within a period of 3 years. The points increase to 14 for professional drivers.

Can I get a CDL if my license was suspended?

If you had a driving violation or a criminal activity, you may not qualify to get the CDL.

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What cause 6 points on the CDL license?

If you are caught speeding for a ticket above 20 miles, this will lead to demerits points.


Having points in your CDL may easily cause suspension and revocation.

Even where this doesn’t happen, it can affect an employer’s decision in the hiring process.