Commercial Driver's License Compliance and Safety

Commercial Driver’s License Program Review:  Recommended Measures for Achieving the Program’s Full Safety Potential (2008)   Following a detailed review and discussion of many issues and potential solutions, the Task Force concluded that the CDL program is a highly effective highway safety program with a fundamentally sound foundation.  It recommended a series of minor changes to help improve the program.

Guidance to States Regarding Driver History Record Information Security, Continuity of Operation Planning, and Disaster Recovery Planning  This is a federal register listing that provides guidance to State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) for maintaining the security of information contained in the driver history record of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. Further, FMCSA provides States with recommendations related to continuity of operation and disaster recovery planning to ensure the permanence of information contained in the driver history record of a CDL holder.

Military CDL Skills Test Waiver Forms  FMCSA, in collaboration with the US Army, Department of Defense and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, has generated a standardized Application for Military Skills Test Waiver form. This document addresses all of the issues captured in the new regulation including which violations can deny the waiver; identifying the specific type(s) of vehicle which the service member was licensed to drive; and, an endorsement by the service member's commanding officer of the safe driving record. For a list of the States which currently offer the skills test waiver for military drivers see the map."

Federal Highways Administration provides a brief description of the history of the Commercial Driver's License Program (CDL/CDLIS), the rationale for its creation, the statutory authority for it, as well as a sort description of driver requirements and state compliance issues.

Commercial Driver’s License Program (CDL/CDLIS)  This Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration site provides a good overview of the CDL program.