CDL Drivers - Convicted of a Serious Traffic Violation

If you are convicted of certain traffic violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), you are subject to stiffer penalties which may result in the suspension or revocation of your CDL. Your operator/chauffeur license may also be affected, depending on the severity of the violation.

Any traffic violation in a non-commercial motor vehicle resulting in a suspension or revocation of your operator/chauffeur license will also result in a suspension or revocation of your CDL.

The following information outlines the various penalties for convictions of alcohol-related offenses and other serious traffic violations committed while operating a CMV.

Category I violations include:

  1. A traffic violation connected with a fatal accident
  2. Speeding 15 mph or more over the posted limit
  3. Following too closely
  4. Careless driving
  5. Changing/using lanes erratically/improperly

If charged and convicted, your CDL will be:

  • Suspended for 60 days for any two violations in separate incidents in three years
  • Suspended for 120 days for any three or more violations in separate incidents in three years
  • Additionally, points may be added to your driving record

Category II violations include:

  1. Operating under the influence of a controlled substance
  2. Leaving the scene of a CMV accident
  3. Committing a felony using a CMV
  4. Manslaughter
  5. Fleeing/eluding a law enforcement officer (felony)

If charged and convicted, your CDL will be:

  • Suspended for one year for a first violation; three years, if transporting hazardous materials
  • Revoked for a minimum of ten years for any two Category II violations occurring in separate incidents, or any one of them a second time in any time period

If charged with and convicted of reckless driving, negligent homicide, or fleeing/eluding a law enforcement
officer (misdemeanor), your CDL will be suspended for one year.

If charged with and convicted of committing a felony involving the manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance, your CDL will be revoked for a minimum of ten years.

Your operator/chauffeur license may also be suspended or revoked and points may be added to your driving record.



Related Documents
Michigan Commercial Driver License Manual PDF icon
What Every Driver Must Know PDF icon