Wyoming law (W.S. 31-7-305) states commercial driver license (CDL) holders may be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), have their license canceled or be prohibited from obtaining a CDL if they are convicted of 2 or more serious moving violations in a 3-year period. The first disqualification is for 60 days. A third or subsequent conviction causes a 120 day disqualification.
The following are considered serious violations:
- Speeding 15 mph or more
- Following too closely
- Not obtaining a CDL
- Driving without a CDL in possession
- Improper or no endorsements
- Reckless driving
- Erratic or improper lane change
- Use of cell phone OR texting while driving a CMV
A driver will have their license cancelled and will be disqualified from driving a CMV or from obtaining a CDL if convicted of any of the following:
- Driving under the influence
- Drives or operates a CMV with a blood alcohol of .04% or greater
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Driving under suspension in a CMV
- Motor vehicle used in a felony
- Negligent operation of a CMV causing a fatality
A first conviction results in a driver being disqualified for one (1) year. If hazardous materials were involved, it is a three (3) year disqualification. A second or subsequent conviction causes a lifetime disqualification.
Railroad Crossing Disqualifications
CDL drivers who have a passenger or hazardous material endorsement are required to stop at all railroad crossings. You will be disqualified if convicted of one of the following:
- Failure to stop at a railroad crossing,
- Failure to obey a traffic control device,
- Failure to negotiate a railroad crossing because of insufficient under carriage clearance, and
- Failure to stop before reaching the crossing if the tracks are not clear.
A first conviction will result in a 60 day disqualification and a 120 day disqualification for a second or subsequent conviction.
Once a CDL driver has been disqualified they are required to be retested. This includes both the driving skills test and any written tests needed for re-licensing.
Note: Effective starting January 1, 2014, a CDL driver who has been disqualified will be required to obtain a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP), prior to re-licensing.