Specialized License Consequences

If you hold a specialized license, there may be consequences related to your specialized license that are in addition to the consequences associated with your regular driver’s license.

Commercial Driver License

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a specialized driver license that allows a person to drive a commercial vehicle.  If you have a CDL and are charged with an alcohol or drug related driving offense, the DMV will likely take action to revoke not only your regular driving privilege, but also your CDL.

If you receive a Notice of Revocation, you must promptly request a hearing and immediately contact an attorney because your CDL can be revoked for a significant period of time.

The length of the revocation depends on:

  • Whether you were driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the offense;
  • Whether you have any prior alcohol or drug related driving convictions or other offenses for which you suffered a disqualification; and
  • Whether you refused the chemical test of your blood or breath or if your blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

It is also important to note that if you have a CDL, there is a different definition for excess blood alcohol level. “Excess BAC CDL” means that a person drove a commercial motor vehicle in Colorado when the person’s BAC was a 0.04 or more at the time of driving or any time thereafter.

Public Utilities Commission License

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates motor carrier utilities that are for hire, including common carriers, such as limousine and taxi services.  If you have a PUC license and are convicted of a traffic offense, there may be serious consequences related to your specialized license.

In particular, if you are convicted of a DUI or DWAI, you must report any conviction to the PUC immediately. A deferred judgment and sentence is a conviction for purposes of the PUC. You may request a hearing regarding any disqualification determination made by the PUC.

The PUC hearing is held by an administrative law judge who will determine whether you are a person of “good moral character.” The simple fact that you have a conviction for an offense involving “moral turpitude” does not necessarily prevent you from receiving a Colorado PUC license.  The administrative law judge will consider whether you have been “rehabilitated” and are “ready to accept the responsibilities of a law-abiding productive member of society.”