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When can my Washington Commercial Driver's License (CDL) be suspended, revoked, cancelled, or otherwise affected by a Driving Under the Influence (DUI)?

Posted by Tony Swartz | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clients typically wonder what will happen to their CDL when they get charged with a DUI, even if the Driving Under the Influence case occurred when they were driving a personal car (in other words, they were NOT driving a commercial vehicle). Department of Licensing takes a two-step approach in attempt to revoke your commercial drivers license after you get charged with a DUI.

The following, as of 5/20/20, are possible reasons your CDL could be affected:

You need to make sure to update your mailing address with Department of Licensing immediately. They will send you notifications about your license via mail. License Express is an easy way to do that at

Even if you contest your CDL revocation after you are  charged with a DUI, you still need to worry about the resolution of the case (e.g., a conviction for one of the above) also impacting your CDL. It is important to hire an attorney to assist you with this entire process, as it gets complicated very quickly.

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Tony Swartz

Tony Swartz is an experienced lawyer in Washington State. He has handled, most from start to finish, over 10,000 criminal cases with a focus on DUIs and other misdemeanor charges. In addition to his legal practice, Tony is a recognized expert in the field and routinely teaches classes at both Central Washington University and Yakima Valley College.


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Law Office of Tony Swartz

Tony Swartz is a lawyer practicing criminal defense in Kittitas County and Yakima County who specializes in Ellensburg DUIs and Yakima DUIs. He also represents clients with other misdemeanor charges. Call today for a free consultation.

Tony moved to Ellensburg in 2005 and has lived here since other than a brief break for law school. He attended CWU and Willamette University College of Law. He is also on the executive board for Ellensburg Music Festival, Ellensburg Downtown Rotary, and Ellensburg Big Band (where he also plays trumpet). He also plays hockey at the Yakima Ice Rink and Kraken Community Iceplex, in addition to attending a lot of Seattle Kraken games.

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