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Lifetime CDL Disqualifications May Not be Lifetime

Lifetime CDL Disqualifications may be reduced to 10 years if the driver meets certain qualifications.

  • The CDL disqualification must be because of a Georgia action.  If your CDL disqualification originates from another state, you will have to pursue action with the other state, if such is available
  • You must have a valid Georgia Class C driver's license
  • 10 years must have passed since the disqualification
  • The disqualification must not have been for a conviction for homicide by vehicle or serious injury by vehicle, use of a vehicle in commission of a felony drug offense, or use of a vehicle for human trafficking
  • Have had no traffic offenses within the preceding five years.

To obtain a lifting of the disqualification, the driver must submit:

  • $210 non-refundable CDL Restoration Fee
  • a certified seven (7) year Georgia motor vehicle report (MVR) dated within 30 days of the application showing last five years offense-free
  • If the disqualification was based on an alcohol-related offense, the driver must submit a drug and alcohol evaluation dated within 90 days of the application showing no need for substance abuse treatment
  • If the disqualification was not based on an alcohol-related offense, then a certificate of completion of a defensive driving clinic dated within 90 days of the application
  • A current USDOT medical certificate card
Sean A. Black

Sean A. Black is a 1992 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He has been in private practice in Toccoa, Georgia since June 1, 1992.


Anzio Pless

Posted May 18, 2020 at 05:07:30

Is there anyway i can get my CDL back?I got a DUI in 2010 got my CDL in 2016 then got a DUI in 2018 and conviction in 2019.I didn’t know about the lifetime ban and was disappointed.Do i have to wait 10yrs or is it away around that?


Posted May 18, 2020 at 11:19:50

Unless the law changes, you have to wait the ten years and go through that application process. You need to demonstrate rehabilitation. You need to pursue drug/alcohol treatment and refrain from usage of drugs and alcohol.


Lamin Jobarteh

Posted Jul 15, 2020 at 12:53:02

Hello Sean

I have just been informed by my Insurance company that my Drivers License has been disqualified and that should go to Georgia DMV. It must have happened because of the my last speeding ticket in April of 2020 in OR.

Where is the corrective course of action to get my License reinstated?

Thank you


Posted Jul 17, 2020 at 07:20:44

You need to obtain the information from Georgia Department of Drivers Services about what is causing the suspension. They have a number of online tools.


Austin graves

Posted Mar 23, 2021 at 15:14:02

I have one dui but the dds has a lifetime disqualification on my record. I thought you only got a lifetime disqualification if you have 2 dui’s. Is this true?


Posted Mar 24, 2021 at 07:03:12

A lifetime disqualification is based on two or more major offense. DUI is a major offense, but there are other major offenses. A driving history should indicate which offenses are triggering the lifetime disqualification in terms of stating which offenses caused a withdrawal or suspension of CDL privileges.

You may be eligible to have the lifetime disqualification terminated after ten years.



Posted Apr 14, 2021 at 10:39:42

Is there anyway I can get the commercial disqualification removed so I will be able to drive company vehicles? It was disqualified for a super speeder in my car. I took a defensive driving course as well.


Posted Apr 14, 2021 at 12:15:54

The disqualification comes from the speeding conviction. There are limited opportunities to undo a traffic conviction. In general, it must be done within 180 days of the conviction and will require significant willingness to help on the part of the judge and prosecutor of the court.



Posted Apr 30, 2021 at 23:01:37

I had a lifetime disqualification and I just recently received my permit. Does the 2 year ban from non exempt interstate travel start now or do I have to obtain my CDL before the time starts?


Posted May 04, 2021 at 08:30:31

Sorry, I do not have the answer to your question. Your best bet is to speak to someone at DDS with the Help Desk.


Eugene Curtis

Posted May 27, 2021 at 09:34:51

I only have a regular C license. My license was suspended as Lifetime commercial disqualification. I never owned a CDL license. Is states my license is suspended for 10 years.


Posted May 27, 2021 at 12:48:57

This is often confusing to people when they look at a driving history. Because the state has a need to track a person’s eligibility for a CDL, whether they have one or not, they track every licensee’s commercial and non-commercial status. In your case, it means that you will not be eligible for a CDL as long as that suspension is active. At that point, if you wanted to get a CDL, you would have to meet the other requirements for a CDL holder triggered by whatever violations you had.



Posted May 29, 2021 at 10:33:30

I got a reckless driving no tag and no insurance on a motor cycle and then they took my CDL’’s for 10 years and my class c for 4 months,is this right ,can they do this or is it a mistake


Posted Jun 01, 2021 at 05:28:48

If those are the only things on your record lifetime, that does not seem right.

A first No insurance within five years carries a 60 day suspension.

A single reckless driving offense costs you 4 points and is considered a serious violation for CDL purposes. Four points will not suspend your Class C license by themselves. A first lifetime serious offense does not cause a CDL disqualification.

The penalty you describe on the CDL side is not consistent with serious offenses but is consistent with major offenses. Particularly, it is consistent with a second lifetime major offense.



Posted Jun 15, 2021 at 20:14:30

My license was suspended in 2014 due to no insurance accident I paid all fees and reinstated in 2019 and now they disqualified me from back in 2015 all the way to 2025 I’m so confused on what’s happening


Posted Jun 16, 2021 at 08:51:21

Without seeing the actual MVR (driving history) and other communication, I cannot confirm what you are stating. Is it possible that your non-commercial status is valid but there is a suspension of your commercial license eligibility?


George Drake

Posted Jun 21, 2021 at 21:49:19

I have had 5 dui in my life I am 51 now and want to get a cdl in ga. 2 dui were in ga in 2008 and 2000 the other 3 were in NC in early to mid 90s 1 then 2 back to back I think about 3 to 5 years later license was permitantly suspended but got it back after 10 years . Are there any laws saying I can’t get a cdl ? I know getting a job maybe nearly impossible but first things first. Any info would be greatly appreciated. My research doesn’t turn up much info for Me except your page


Posted Jun 22, 2021 at 06:59:30

A lifetime CDL disqualification is not necessarily for life. If your disqualification is more than ten years previous and you have had no violation or other relevant convictions during the last five years, then you can apply to restore your CDL privileges. It is a process driven by the details. I have sent you a copy of the application from the DDS website so that you can see what is required.


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