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The New CDL Laws You Need to Know About

Updated: Oct 16, 2022


As of January 1, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has put into effect several new rules regarding commercial driver's licenses (CDLs). Here's a rundown of the most important changes you need to be aware of.


The most significant change is that individuals who currently hold a valid CDL from one state will be allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle in any other state, as long as they comply with the requirements of their home state. This applies to both intrastate and interstate drivers.


In addition, the FMCSA has also mandated that all CDL holders must have their license physically in their possession while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Previously, it was sufficient for drivers to simply keep their license on them, but now they will need to present it to law enforcement or other officials upon request.


Finally, the agency has also clarified its position on marijuana use by commercial drivers. Although marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, some states have decriminalized or even legalized its use. The FMCSA has announced that it will not penalize drivers who test positive for marijuana unless there is evidence that they were impaired while driving.

These are just a few of the changes that have been made to the laws governing CDLs. For more information, be sure to check out the FMCSA's website or contact your local DMV. Stay safe out there!


 

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