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Have Your Drivers Renewed Their Licenses?

October 29, 2021 Risk Solutions Staff

School bus fleet

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently launched its online CDL renewal tool. Your drivers are eligible to renew online if they meet these criteria:

  • The driver is no more than 78 years old.
  • Their CDL doesn’t contain a hazardous materials endorsement.
  • There has been no change in the driver’s vision or physical or mental condition since their last renewal that would affect their ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • If required, a valid, unexpired Medical Certificate is on file.
  • The driver has no outstanding traffic tickets or warrants, and their license is not suspended, revoked, or disqualified.

Drivers that are not eligible to renew online must make an appointment to renew at their local DPS office.

Avoid this common pitfall

When renewing online, CDL holders must verify that they have a valid CDL and that it has not been downgraded. Renewing a CDL that has been downgraded to a Class C regular license voids the driver’s opportunity to simply pay a fee and have the license brought back to a CDL. The driver must retest to have the CDL reinstated.

Stay in the loop

TASB Risk Solutions Consultants collaborates with the DPS, the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation, and other credible organizations to inform you about regulatory requirements that impact your drivers.

We encourage you to reach out to your consultant if you have compliance questions. In the meantime, take advantage of these resources and training opportunities:

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