2007 ORS § 809.413¹
Suspension of commercial driver licenses
  • length of suspension

The Department of Transportation shall suspend the commercial driver license of a person when the department receives a record of conviction, notification or notice described in this section. A person is entitled to administrative review under ORS 809.440 (Hearing and administrative review procedures) of a suspension under this section. The department shall suspend the commercial driver license when the department receives:

(1) A record of conviction under ORS 811.700 (Failure to perform duties of driver when property is damaged) or 811.705 (Failure to perform duties of driver to injured persons) of failure to perform the duties of a driver while operating a motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle. A conviction under this subsection shall result in:

(a) A suspension for a period of one year if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was not driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(b) A suspension for a period of three years if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(c) Suspension of the commercial driver license for the lifetime of the person if the person has previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license).

(2) A record of conviction of a crime punishable as a felony involving the operation of a motor vehicle or a commercial motor vehicle, other than the felony described in subsection (3) of this section. A conviction under this subsection shall result in:

(a) A suspension for a period of one year if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was not driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(b) A suspension for a period of three years if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(c) Suspension of the commercial driver license for the lifetime of the person if the person has previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license).

(3) A record of conviction of a crime punishable as a felony that involves the manufacturing, distributing or dispensing of a controlled substance, as defined in ORS 475.005 (Definitions for ORS 475.005 to 475.285 and 475.840 to 475.980), and in which a motor vehicle or commercial motor vehicle was used. A conviction under this subsection shall result in a lifetime suspension of the person’s commercial driving license.

(4) A record of conviction for driving a commercial motor vehicle while, as a result of prior violations committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle, the commercial driver license of the driver had been suspended or revoked. A conviction under this subsection shall result in:

(a) A suspension for a period of one year if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was not driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(b) A suspension for a period of three years if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(c) Suspension of the commercial driver license for the lifetime of the person if the person has previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license).

(5) A record of conviction of any degree of murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide resulting from the operation of a commercial motor vehicle or assault in the first degree resulting from the operation of a commercial motor vehicle. A conviction under this section shall result in:

(a) A suspension for a period of one year if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was not driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(b) A suspension for a period of three years if:

(A) The person has not previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license); and

(B) The person was driving a commercial motor vehicle containing a hazardous material at the time of the offense.

(c) Suspension of the commercial driver license for the lifetime of the person if the person has previously been convicted of an offense described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license) or had a commercial driver license suspended as described in ORS 809.404 (Disqualification from holding commercial driver license).

(6) A record of conviction of a serious traffic violation if the conviction occurred within three years of a previous conviction for a serious traffic violation and if the convictions arose out of separate incidents. A suspension under this subsection shall be:

(a) For a period of 60 days if the conviction is the person’s second conviction for a serious traffic violation within the three-year period.

(b) For a period of 120 days if the conviction is the person’s third or subsequent conviction for a serious traffic violation within the three-year period. A suspension imposed under this paragraph shall be consecutive to any other suspension imposed for a serious traffic violation.

(7) Notification that a person violated an out-of-service order issued under ORS 813.050 (Out-of-service orders for operators of commercial motor vehicles) or has knowingly violated any other out-of-service order or notice. Notification under this subsection may include, but not be limited to, a record of conviction and a record of a determination by a state or federal agency with jurisdiction to make a determination that the person has violated an out-of-service order or notice. A suspension under this subsection shall be:

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, for a period of 90 days if the notification relates to the person’s first violation of an out-of-service order or notice.

(b) For a period of one year if the notification relates to the person’s first violation of an out-of-service order or notice and the person committed the violation while transporting hazardous materials required to be placarded or while operating a motor vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.

(c) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this subsection, for a period of three years if the notification relates to a second or subsequent violation of an out-of-service notice or order that occurred within a 10-year period.

(d) For a period of five years if the notification relates to a second or subsequent violation of an out-of-service notice or order that occurred within a 10-year period and the person committed the violation while transporting hazardous materials required to be placarded or was operating a motor vehicle designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver, regardless of the load or kind of vehicle involved in the prior violation.

(8) Notification from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that a person in this state who holds a commercial driver license in this state has been disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle and that the disqualification is due to a determination that the driving of that person constitutes an imminent hazard. A suspension under this subsection shall be made immediately and for the period prescribed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, except that:

(a) Notwithstanding any disqualification hearings conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a suspension under this subsection is subject to a post-imposition hearing under ORS 809.440 (Hearing and administrative review procedures).

(b) Notwithstanding the period of suspension prescribed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a suspension under this subsection may not exceed one year.

(9) Notification from another jurisdiction that the person failed to appear on a citation for a traffic offense or for a violation in the other jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would be grounds for suspension under ORS 809.220 (Failure to appear), and the person held a commercial driver license or was operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the offense. A suspension under this subsection:

(a) Shall end upon the earliest of five years from the date of suspension or upon notification by the other jurisdiction that the person appeared.

(b) Shall be placed on the person’s driving record regardless of whether another jurisdiction places the suspension on the person’s driving record.

(c) May not be for a person’s failure to appear on a parking, pedestrian or bicyclist offense.

(10) Notification from another jurisdiction that the person failed to pay a fine or obey an order of the court on a citation for a traffic offense or for a violation in the other jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would be grounds for suspension under ORS 809.415 (Suspensions for conduct involving judgments, financial responsibility, dishonesty) (4), and the person held a commercial driver license or was operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the offense. A suspension under this subsection:

(a) Shall end upon the earliest of five years from the date of suspension or upon notification by the other jurisdiction that the person paid the fine or obeyed the order of the court.

(b) Shall be placed on the person’s driving record regardless of whether another jurisdiction places the suspension on the person’s driving record.

(c) May not be for a person’s failure to pay a fine or obey an order of the court on a parking, pedestrian or bicyclist offense.

(11) Notice of a conviction in another jurisdiction of an offense that, if committed in this state, would be grounds for the suspension of the person’s commercial driver license. The period of suspension under this subsection shall be the same as would be imposed on the person if the conviction were for an offense committed in this state.

(12) Notification from another jurisdiction that a person who is a resident of this state and who holds a commercial driver license has had commercial driving privileges suspended or revoked in another jurisdiction for reasons that would be grounds for suspension of the person’s commercial driver license in this state. The period of suspension under this subsection shall be the same as would be imposed on the person if the violation were committed in this state. [2003 c.402 §4; 2005 c.649 §20]

Note: Section 21, chapter 649, Oregon Laws 2005, provides:

Sec. 21. The amendments to ORS 809.413 (Suspension of commercial driver licenses) by section 20 of this 2005 Act apply to:

(1) Offenses committed before, on or after the effective date of this 2005 Act [July 27, 2005] if:

(a) The suspension period is enhanced based on a prior offense as provided in ORS 809.413 (Suspension of commercial driver licenses) (1), (2), (3) and (5) and the person was driving a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the offense; or

(b) The offense is an offense described in ORS 809.413 (Suspension of commercial driver licenses) (6), (7), (11) or (12).

(2) Offenses committed on or after the effective date of this 2005 Act if the offense is an offense not described in subsection (1) of this section or if the offense is an offense described in ORS 809.413 (Suspension of commercial driver licenses) (4), (8), (9) and (10). [2005 c.649 §21]