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Summary of District of Columbia Laws

Commercial Law

Uniform Classification and Commercial Driver's License Act

D.C. Code Ann. § 50-401 through 50-409

DCMR Title 18 § 1300 et seq.

The Law: A commercial driver's license allows an individual to operate a class of commercial motor vehicles which are used in commerce to transport passengers or property either: (1) generally when the cargo weighs greater than 26,000 pounds; (2) the vehicle is used to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver); or (3) the vehicle is used to transport hazardous materials. § 50-401. The Act complies with minimum federal standards under the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act. See 49 U.S.C. § 2704(a) (Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act).

Any person who operates a commercial motor vehicle and is domiciled in the District of Columbia must have a commercial driver's license and surrender other commercial driver's licenses issued by another state. § 50-403. Also, any person who has operated a commercial motor vehicle and applies for a job as such must notify the employer of his/her previous employment as a commercial motor vehicle operator. Id.

Employer's Duties: An employer must require that all employees who operate commercial vehicles have a commercial driver's license. § 50-404. The employer may not knowingly allow an employee to operate a commercial vehicle if the employee's license has been suspended, revoked, cancelled, or has otherwise lost the right to operate a commercial vehicle or has more than one commercial motor vehicle license. Id.

Resources: The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles website provides information about acquiring a commercial driver's license.



Revised CPJ 5-14-07
Revised NTC 11-6-07
links updated 6/6/08 rab
Links checked and updated July 15th, 2010, FJL.