Audit of the Data Integrity of the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued reports on the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Program in 2000, 2002, and 2006.2 The first report focused on the disqualification of commercial drivers, noting that out-of-state convictions were not transmitted to licensing states in a timely manner. This report also concluded that states did not disqualify commercial drivers, as required by law, and granted licenses to commercial drivers who posed a safety risk. The 2002 and 2006 reports focused predominantly on fraudulent licensing. Last year, as mentioned, we reported on the use of income derived from CDLIS for system modernization, as required by SAFETEA-LU. These reports contain recommendations to improve CDL program oversight. Congress found that one of the leading factors operating against commercial motor vehicle safety was the possession of multiple licenses by commercial drivers. Drivers with multiple licenses spread their traffic violations over a number of state licenses to maintain a good-driver rating, regardless of the number of violations they acquire in one or more states. In response to states concerns, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA) directed DOT to establish minimum standards for licensing, testing, qualification, and classification of commercial drivers. CMVSA also prohibited commercial drivers from possessing more than one commercial license. The goal of CMVSA was to improve highway safety by removing unsafe and unqualified drivers from the highways, including ensuring that drivers of large trucks and buses were qualified to operate those vehicles.


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  • Accession Number: 01140722
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2009 1:21PM