CDL disqualification

​A CDL disqualification is the withdrawal of a person’s privilege to operate a commercial motor vehicle because of convictions for certain offenses committed by the person while driving or operating a commercial motor vehicle.​​

Check your driver license status to know if your license is valid, disqualified (CDL holders), suspended or revoked. You will need your Wisconsin driver license number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number (or your full Social Security Number if you don't have your Wisconsin driver license number available), and your date of birth.

Under a Disqualification, you may:

  • Receive periods of disqualification that run from a minimum of 60 days to a lifetime, depending on the number, type, and severity of the violation or conviction.
  • Become disqualified by law upon receiving certain types of convictions, whereby the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) administratively disqualifies the person’s commercial operating privileges.
  • Not obtain an occupational license for commercial motor vehicle operation during any period of disqualification.

​Types of disqualifications:

  • General Disqualification -Wisconsin general CDL disqualifications provides detailed information on disqualifying offenses that apply to all commercial driver licenses (CDL) and what affect those offenses have on a CDL.
  • Hazmat Disqualifications -Hazardous materials disqualifications provides detailed information on disqualifying offenses that only apply to a hazardous materials endorsement.
  • School Bus Disqualifications -School bus disqualifications provides detailed information on disqualifying offenses that only apply to a school bus endorsement.

Notice of disqualification

The DMV issues an order of disqualification and mails it first class to a person’s last known residence.​​​

Driver Information Section
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983

Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812