CDL Disqualification for Moving Violations

The Iowa DOT will disqualify your CDL if you are convicted of certain moving violations.  These include:

  • Operating a CMV upon a highway without a CDL or commercial learner’s permit
  • Operating a CMV upon a highway without the proper class of CDL, commercial learner’s permit for the specific vehicle group or for the passengers or type of cargo being transported
  • Speeding 15 mph or more over the legal speed limit
  • Reckless driving
  • Any violation of the traffic laws, except a parking or vehicle weight violation, which arises in connection with a fatal traffic accident
  • Following another motor vehicle too closely
  • Improper lane change in violation of section 321.306
  • Violating a state or local law or ordinance restricting or prohibiting the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving a CMV

Disqualification occurs when a driver receives convictions for committing two or more of these offenses within a three-year period.  They can occur while operating a CMV.  Or while operating your personal vehicle but holding a CDL.

The disqualification period is 60 days for two convictions within any three year period.  It increases to 120 days for three convictions within any three year period.  Multiple periods of disqualification are consecutive.  This means a second disqualification won’t begin until the first one ends.

The CDL traffic ticket defense lawyers at GRL Law understand the consequences that any moving violation can have on your driving record.  We keep you on the road by appearing for you in court.  If the county attorney will not negotiate a resolution, then we will defend the case at trial.  We also handle all DOT-related hearings.

When it comes to your CDL, think GRL.