CDL holders may not have to report out-of-state traffic convictions

Updated Aug 1, 2012

Truck Police

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed to eliminate the requirement for certain commercial driver’s license holders to report an out-of-state traffic conviction to his state of licensure. Current regulations require both CDL holders and states with certified CDL programs to report a CDL holder’s out-of-state traffic conviction to the driver’s state of licensure.

FMCSA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would end this reporting redundancy by providing that if a state in which the conviction occurs has a certified CDL program in substantial compliance with FMCSA’s regulations, then an individual CDL holder convicted in that state is considered to be in compliance with his/her out-of-state traffic conviction reporting obligations because the state where the conviction occurred will report the violation to the CDL holder’s state of licensure.

FMCSA says this proposed change would reduce a regulatory burden on both individuals and states. Comments on the NPRM must be received by Oct. 1. To comment, go to; the docket number is FMCSA-2012-0172.