Commercial Driver FAQs in Nevada
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There's a lot to know about commercial driver licenses in the state of Nevada, and most of it is covered on other pages of this site (see below for links). This page contains answers to a few questions that need to be asked.
For detailed information about application and training for your commercial driver license (CDL), see the following:
I have a CDL. Are there special procedures for taking care of a ticket?
While the procedure for paying or clearing a ticket will be the same as for any other driver, there are certain federal guidelines that apply only to CDL holders. These guidelines relate to disclosure of the ticket:
- You must notify your employer within 30 days if you are convicted of a traffic violation (except for parking). This is required even if you were driving your personal, noncommercial vehicle at the time.
- You must notify your local DMV office within 30 days if you are convicted of a traffic violation (except parking) in another jurisdiction. Again, you must report it no matter what vehicle you were driving.
- You must notify your employer if your license is suspended, revoked, or cancelled for any reason, or if you are temporarily disqualified from driving.
Are the DUI blood alcohol limits the same for all license holders?
No. As a commercial vehicle driver, you are subject to much more stringent blood alcohol restrictions than Class C drivers. A blood alcohol content (BAC) of just 0.04% is enough to convict you of DUI while driving a commercial vehicle. In fact, you will automatically be put out of service for 24 hours if you have any amount of alcohol detected in your blood, even below the legal 0.04% limit.
I've heard I can lose my CDL privileges for a lot of different reasons. What are they?
It's definitely easier to lose your CDL privileges than it is to forfeit other types of license. The following actions will get your CDL taken away for at least 1 year, and this is on a 1st offense:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Leaving the scene of an accident you caused
- Using your commercial vehicle to commit a felony
Note: A 2nd offense for any of the above will mean you lose your CDL for life.
In addition to the offenses mentioned above, you can lose your CDL for something a lot smaller. It's clear the state of Nevada is serious about ensuring that only safe, professional, and conscientious drivers have CDLs:
- You'll lose your CDL for 60 days if you commit 2 serious traffic violations in your commercial vehicle within the span of 3 years. Serious traffic violations include excessive speeding (15 mph or more over the limit), reckless driving, improper lane changes, and following another vehicle too closely.
- You'll lose your CDL for 120 days for 3 serious traffic violations in 3 years.
- You'll lose your CDL for 60 days for a 1st offense railroad crossing violation.
What about farmers who drive big trucks to deliver supplies, or people with big RVs. Do they need a CDL?
Some exceptions exist when it comes to CDL requirements. The following vehicles, while they may fit into the commercial class according to gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), do not require a CDL to operate:
- Vehicles owned by farmers and used to transport goods or equipment to or from the farm. This vehicle is exempt as long as it is not driven outside of 150 miles from the property, is operated only by the farmer and immediate family or employees, and is not used for hire. It also cannot be used for transporting hazardous materials in quantities that would require a placard.
- Recreational vehicles used for noncommercial purposes.
- Military vehicles driven by active military personnel.
- Emergency vehicles operated by firefighters.
Are certain DMV locations better able to assist CDL customers than others?
Yes. The DMV operates offices that are designated as Commercial Driver License offices. The examiners there will have information and answers for any technical or regulatory questions you may have.