2013 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 described 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 described 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 475.752 to 475.980), and in which a motor vehicle or commercial motor vehicle was used. A conviction described under this subsection shall result in a lifetime suspension of the persons 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 described 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 or aggravated vehicular homicide or aggravated driving while suspended or revoked. A conviction described 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 date the person committed the violation occurred within three years of the date the person committed another serious traffic violation for which there is a record of conviction and if the violations arose out of separate incidents. A suspension under this subsection shall be:

(a) For a period of 60 days if the conviction is the persons second conviction for a serious traffic violation and the person committed both serious traffic violations within a three-year period.

(b) For a period of 120 days if the conviction is the persons third or subsequent conviction for a serious traffic violation and the person committed three or more serious traffic violations within a 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 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 180 days if the notification relates to the persons first violation of an out-of-service order or notice.

(b) For a period of one year if the notification relates to the persons 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 10 years from the date of suspension or upon notification by the other jurisdiction that the person appeared.

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

(c) May not be for a persons 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 10 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 persons driving record regardless of whether another jurisdiction places the suspension on the persons driving record.

(c) May not be for a persons 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 persons 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. As used in this subsection, conviction means an unvacated adjudication of guilt, a determination that a person has violated or failed to comply with the law in a court of original jurisdiction or authorized administrative tribunal, an unvacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure the persons appearance in court, a plea of guilty or nolo contendere accepted by the court, the payment of a fine or court cost or the violation of a condition of release without bail, regardless of whether or not the penalty is rebated, suspended or probated.

(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 persons 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; 2009 c.395 §9; 2009 c.783 §11; 2011 c.470 §4]

Note: 809.413 (Suspension of commercial driver licenses) is repealed July 8, 2015. See sections 12 and 50, chapter 237, Oregon Laws 2013.

Note: See second note under 809.510 (Conviction of crime).