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Commercial Driver License Information System

Posted in News Articles on 01/16/2007

The Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS) is a federal clearinghouse and repository of commercial driver licensing data.  The CDLIS enables the states to exchange information about the driving records and driver’s licenses of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers.  This helps assure that only one license is issued to a driver and that drivers currently disqualified are prevented from obtaining a Commercial Drivers License (CDL.)

The system, established by the Secretary of Transportation, contains records of commercial driver licenses issued to commercial drivers.  The CDLIS retains records of a driver’s current commercial license, indicates which state the driver has a current license and also indicates up to three previous states where the driver may have held a commercial drivers license.  An MVR record search for any or all of the states in which CDLIS indicates the driver has had a commercial license may then be conducted.

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