Ca CDL reinstatement

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Tryon.nico, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. Tryon.nico

    Tryon.nico Bobtail Member

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    So long story short, I got my CDL back in 2016, I got out of the trucking industry 2018. A few months later I went to add a motorcycle endorsement to my license and they wanted me to redo all the test so I said lets just downgrade and take only motorcycle test. Anyhow I know need a CDL again and I’m wondering if I can just reinstate or do I have to take permit and behind the wheel again?........sorry wasn’t that short
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Oh, you downgraded; that's different.
    What's your plan; hit the road or local?
     
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  4. Atlaw4u

    Atlaw4u Medium Load Member

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    Call the DMV. In CO you can downgrade and reinstate within a year as long as you file a new medical card.
     
  5. Tryon.nico

    Tryon.nico Bobtail Member

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    I got back into construction and I’m driving a freightliner step van with a different variety of trailers all over the 10k pound limit. I’m going in to dmv on Monday, hoping I can sweet talk them but if not ill just retest again
     
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  6. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    I honestly can't say anything for California but I did the same thing and downgraded because"I'm done driving" but then got the itch to go out again and I had to start over with a permit and retest. This was in Florida so maybe it's different there but similar situation.
     
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  7. Hammer1113

    Hammer1113 Light Load Member

    Most states will only make you retest for hazmat.
     
  8. Roadgeek395

    Roadgeek395 Light Load Member

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    In California if you downgraded your license you have to start over from scratch to get your CDL back
     
  9. Hammer1113

    Hammer1113 Light Load Member

    Why doesn’t that surprise me. That state hates trucks, and the people that drive them.
     
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  10. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    Texas same way. Start over completely.
     
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  11. Roadgeek395

    Roadgeek395 Light Load Member

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    California will do whatever they can to get more money out of you
     
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