If you are looking to obtain a NY Commercial Drivers License, you will have to take and pass an exam for your commercial driver’s license. Being in possession of a CDL license in NY is a heavy responsibility. You need to be aware of the specific rules that come with this special licensing at all times. Failure to comply with these rules can result in minor penalties such as fines. However, depending on each situation, violating your CDL can mean termination from your job and even jail time.


My Tickets NYC has worked with a number of CDL drivers to help them with situations where they may unintentionally breach these rules. We realize that these CDL policies can be hard to remember, so we try to use your specific case to save you from the repercussions of forgetting some of these guidelines. As a forward-thinking option, we decided to lay out the rules you need to know for your NY Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

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NY Commercial Drivers License Rules

There are three different classes of a commercial driver’s license. Violating the rules for any of these types of CDLs can result in disqualification and temporary or permanent suspension of your license. Here are some of the basic rules associated with a CDL license in NY:

  • Ensure you have the proper permits for overweight loads.
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date logbooks. Forgery of these records is subject to jail time.
  • Do not speed. Speeding over 15 MPH can result in immediate suspension of your commercial driver’s license.
  • Adhere to grade restrictions.
  • Adhere to the rules of the road: tailgating, improper lane changing, and careless driving can result in suspension or termination of your CDL.
  • Do not drink and drive while operating a commercial vehicle. If you receive a DUI with your personal vehicle you may still lose your CDL.
  • Do not use your commercial vehicle to manufacture, distribute or dispense a controlled substance.

Disqualification of Your CDL License In New York

If you violate any of the rules listed above or any stipulation outlined in your CDL manual, then you may lose your CDL license. Here is some more information about disqualification of your CDL license in NY:

Major Violations

These violations may result in one to three years of disqualification of your CDL. Major violations include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance
  • Refusal of alcohol test
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

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Traffic Violations

A second traffic violation results in a 60-day CDL disqualification and a third or more violation results in a 120-day CDL disqualification. Traffic violations include:

  • Driving with a suspended or revoked CDL.
  • Driving without your CDL in possession.
  • Erratic lane changes
  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Reckless driving or speeding with your commercial vehicle.

When You Might Need An Attorney

If you have been ticketed for a DUI, a traffic ticket, or have been accused of negligence for any rules of your CDL in NY, you will need to talk to an attorney. The result of these accusations are subject to extensive federal fines, jail time, and probably a loss of your income. If you contact one of our attorneys at My Tickets NYC, we can help delegate your case to save your commercial drivers license— and your job.

Contact My Tickets NYC in Queens for NYC’s best traffic ticket lawyers today to help relieve you of your CDL problems. We cover the 5 Boroughs, Upstate New York, Long Island and New Jersey. Call or text a picture of your ticket to 917-426-2WIN (2946) or email us at info@myticketsnyc.com for a free, non-obligatory consultation.


Published On: August 22nd, 2019 / Categories: Driver License, New York Commercial Drivers License / Tags: , /