I had a CDL 14 years ago in Indiana I had gotten a DUI in Louisiana way back in the '80s and thought I had been given

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Customer: I had a CDL 14 years ago in Indiana I had gotten a DUI in Louisiana way back in the '80s and thought I had been given the benefit of article 896 I believe is what it was that said that that DUI would not show up on my license but 14 years ago I got a DUI in my personal vehicle and they suspended my CDL for life because of it at first I thought it was only a 10-year suspension but then it was changed over to a lifetime suspension and I didn't understand why until recently but the lawyer I was talking to said that should be able to reapply to get my CDL back after 10 years is that possible can I get my CDL back now that it's been so long
JA: License regulations vary from place to place, so can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Indiana is the state I had my CDL in it where the suspension was imposed
JA: Was a citation issued? Was a court date set?
Customer: Yes it was
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I don't know but I'm willing to give any information they need
Answered by Michael Bradley in 4 mins 7 months ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer, my name is ***** ***** I am a retired attorney with 25 years of experience. Thank you for using JustAnswer.com. Please note that our discussions on this site are for general information purposes and do not create an attorney-client relationship or constitute legal advice. I cannot represent you in Court, or prepare legal documents for you. I can review documents if necessary and they can be attached using the paper clip icon. It is always recommended that you consult with a local attorney for specific legal information for your situation before you act (or refrain from acting).

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If your CDL is suspended or disqualified, that does not necessarily mean that you’ve lost it for good. Reinstating your commercial driver’s license generally requires:

  • Proof your suspension period is over
  • Payment of all related fines
  • Fulfilling all special requirements, such as drug or alcohol counseling, associated with your charge
  • Paying your reinstatement fee

If your CDL was disqualified for life, you are eligible to petition to have it reinstated after 10 years of that sentence, but only if you have completed a state-approved rehab program. If you are convicted of another DUI after this reinstatement, however, your CDL will be suspended for life.


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Okay thank you I am at work right now but will answer as soon as you send me something thank you again
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If a driver’s CDL has been expired, disqualified, canceled, revoked, invalidated or voluntarily surrendered for more than one year, the holder must pass all written tests and skills exams prior to issuance of the CDL license [140 IAC 7-3-17.5(d)].

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sir I was aware of that. The big question is what do I have to do to get past the suspension or make it worth going to take the test and do all the things cuz I know what to do to get the cdl it's just having somebody say yeah okay go do it that we're past the suspension thing
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If This Is Your First OWI/DUI Offense As A CDL Driver, You Will Not Be Able To Operate A Commercial Vehicle Requiring A CDL For One Year.

If This Is Your Second OWI/DUI Offense As A CDL Driver, You Can Expect To Lose Your CDL Endorsement For Life With The Possibility Of Having It Reinstated After 10 Years.

If You Are Convicted Of A Third OWI/DUI, You Will Have To Forfeit Your CDL Endorsement For Life With No Opportunity For Reinstatement.

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If you have complied, you can start the process and get your CDL back.

Customer
Well that is certainly good news because I've only had the two even though the first one wasn't supposed to be shown I will check in on that but it is definitely been over 10 years since I got the second one do I need to attempt to reinstate this in Indiana where they suspended it?
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Then you should be able to reapply.  You can always oreder your driver's abstract to make sure on the timing.

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Customer
Well it seems that there is a federal hold whatever that means that can't be shaken or lifted as far as the state goes I don't know what that means but it's very depressing
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Michael Bradley, Expert

That does not make any sense since everything tells me that you can reapply after 10 years unless it is a 3rd which is a lifetime ban.

Where in Indiana are you located?

Customer
Actually I live in Florida now with a Florida driver's license I don't understand it either but I called Florida to see about getting it and they said that the Indiana still had a hold on it but it was a federal something so if you could figure this out for me I surely would appreciate it
Customer
unfortunately Indiana told me that there was no way to get it lifted so I don't know what's going on or why but there's only been two DUI's in my entire life
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