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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. He has dealt with various types of civil cases, including administrative law hearings, Superior Court cases, District Court cases, and more.


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Tony Swartz is a lawyer who practices criminal defense in Kittitas County and Yakima County. He also represents clients with speeding tickets and other infractions. Call today for a free consultation.

Tony has lived in Ellensburg since 2005, other than a brief break for law school. He attended CWU and Willamette University College of Law.

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