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From Gainesville to Ocala to Tampa – Florida CDL Drivers Beware of New DHSMV Rules

Florida DMV Offices already hold CDL drivers to a high standard – and that standard just got higher.

Starting October 1st, commercial driver license holders convicted of a DUI will be ineligible to drive a commercial vehicle for 12 months after the first conviction and will be permanently suspended after a second conviction. This new rule also applies even if when the DUI was received in a personal vehicle of the CDL holder.

DHSMV already forbids CDL holders from obtaining temporary permits during the DUI Formal Review process. This new rule is just another example of how the State of Florida holds CDL drivers to a higher standard than the other millions of drivers on Florida’s highways.


If you or a loved one has a traffic issue, is a CDL driver charged with a criminal traffic case or needs information about Florida DHSMV – contact the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC immediately at the following: Tampa and Statewide 1-866-608-5529; New Port Richey and Dade City 727-847-2299; St. Petersburg and Clearwater 727-847-2299; Brooksville and Spring Hill 352-666-2121; Bushnell, Inverness, Crystal River, The Villages, Ocala or Gainesville 352-726-0078.

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