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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.

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