Many reasons exist as to why commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) or licenses with public passenger endorsement could face suspension or disqualification. One reason includes operating a motor vehicle under the influence. This can happen whether you drive a commercial vehicle or your personal vehicle. Once a driver gets disqualified they cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle. Tickets or convictions from out of state also hold reciprocity in Connecticut. They will get reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles. They will then transfer to your Connecticut Driver’s license.

Penalties and Disqualification

If one of these offenses occurs with driving a vehicle that is transporting hazardous materials, the minimum disqualification will be for three years. If convicted twice for either driving under the influence or refusal or failure of a BAC test, the result would be a lifetime disqualification of your commercial driver license. A first offense of using a commercial vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance will also result in a lifetime disqualification.

Disqualification will result from a conviction of any one (1) of the following:

  • Operation under the influence of alcohol.
  • Refusal to take a blood, breath or urine test.
  • Failure of a blood, breath or urine test (0.04 or greater).
  • Evading the police.
  • Use of a commercial vehicle in conjunction with a felony conviction.

If an additional violation occurs following the completion of a driver retraining class, you might have to repeat the class. These classes are under the discretion of the retraining associations and are not held at the DMV. If the class is not completed by the effective date of suspension, a restoration fee in the amount of $125 must be paid by check or money order payable to DMV and mailed to:

State of Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver Services Division
60 State Street
Wethersfield, Connecticut 06161-2525
(Include the license number and name with payment.)