As a commercial driver or someone managing commercial drivers, it is your responsibility to keep track of CDL expiration dates and take the necessary steps to renew it. Failing to do so can result in costly penalties and even loss of driving privileges. Here’s how to handle an expired CDL and never miss one with driver file management.
Expiration Times for CDL
Licenses will typically expire after 4 to 8 years, at which point you will need to renew your CDL. The renewal process can be easily done online provided you still have a valid CDL, and it is not under suspension. If you have lost your CDL, you can apply for a replacement.
If You Let Your CDL Expire
If you drive with an expired CDL, you may be fined up to $500. In some states, you may also have your vehicle impounded. If you are caught driving with an expired CDL, you will likely have to go through the entire process of applying for a new license.
How to Renew an Expired CDL
The process of renewing an expired CDL is similar to the original application process. You will need to retake the written test and pass a skills test before being issued a new license. In some states, you may also be required to pay a late fee.
CDL Expiries in California
In California, CDLs are valid for five years from your next when you apply or renew. You have up to 2 years after your CDL expires to renew without having to retake the skills test. You will be required to submit a current Medical Examination Report and Certificate. In California, you can start your renewal online but your must appear in person at a DMV office to complete the process.
Steer Clear of CDL Expiration & Late Fees
It is important to keep track of your CDL expiration date and take steps to renew it before it expires. Failing to do so can result in costly penalties and even loss of driving privileges. Renewing your CDL is simple and can be done online or in person at your local DMV office. It’s important to track your CDL and the CDLs of any drivers you manage with driver file management. Software can be a useful tool in preventing fees and penalties for letting a CDL expire.
Don’t Miss an Expired CDL With DQMConnect™, Advanced Driver File Management from Vehicle Licensing Consultants
The process of renewing an CDL is simple; a lapsed license takes more time and effort. If you manage a fleet of commercial truck drivers, you should have driver file management to make sure you don’t miss an expiry. Contact Vehicle Licensing Consultants for more information about DQMConnect™!