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  • § 383.1
    Purpose and scope.
  • § 383.3
  • § 383.5
  • § 383.7
    Validity of CDL issued by decertified State.
  • § 383.21
    Number of drivers' licenses.
  • § 383.23
    Commercial driver's license.
  • § 383.25
    Commercial learner's permit (CLP).
  • § 383.31
    Notification of convictions for driver violations.
  • § 383.33
    Notification of driver's license suspensions.
  • § 383.35
    Notification of previous employment.
  • § 383.37
    Employer responsibilities.
  • § 383.51
    Disqualification of drivers.
  • § 383.52
    Disqualification of drivers determined to constitute an imminent hazard.
  • § 383.53
  • § 383.71
    Driver application and certification procedures.
  • § 383.72
    Implied consent to alcohol testing.
  • § 383.73
    State procedures.
  • § 383.75
    Third party testing.
  • § 383.77
    Substitute for driving skills tests for drivers with military CMV experience.
  • § 383.79
    Skills testing of out-of-State students.
  • § 383.91
    Commercial motor vehicle groups.
  • § 383.93
  • § 383.95
  • § 383.110
    General requirement.
  • § 383.111
    Required knowledge.
  • § 383.113
    Required skills.
  • § 383.115
    Requirements for double/triple trailers endorsement.
  • § 383.117
    Requirements for passenger endorsement.
  • § 383.119
    Requirements for tank vehicle endorsement.
  • § 383.121
    Requirements for hazardous materials endorsement.
  • § 383.123
    Requirements for a school bus endorsement.
  • § 383.131
    Test manuals.
  • § 383.133
    Test methods.
  • § 383.135
    Passing knowledge and skills tests.
  • § 383.141
  • § 383.151
  • § 383.153
    Information on the CLP and CDL documents and applications.
  • § 383.155
    Tamperproofing requirements.

Part 383

Question 1: May a State use the residence address as opposed to the mailing address on the CDL?

Guidance: Yes.

Question 2: May a State issue temporary nonphoto CDLs?


Yes, as long as:

a. The State does not liberalize any existing procedures for issuing nonphoto licenses; and

b. The State does not allow drivers to operate Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)s indefinitely without a CDL which meets all the standards of §383.153.

Question 3: May a State choose to implement a driver license system involving multiple part license documents?

Guidance: Yes. A two or more part document, as currently used in some States, is acceptable, provided:

  • a. All of the documents must be present to constitute a "license;"
  • b. Each document is explicitly "tied" to the other document(s), and to a single driver’s record. Each document must indicate that the driver is licensed as a CMV driver, if that is the case; and
  • c. The multipart license document includes all of the data elements specified in part 383, subpart J.

Question 4: If the State restricts the CDL driving privilege, must that restriction be shown on the license?

Guidance: Yes.

Question 5: Is a State required to show the driver’s Social Security Number (SSN) on the CDL?

Guidance: No. §383.153 does not specify the Social Security Number (SSN) as a required element of the CDL document although the regulation does require a driver applicant who is domiciled in the U.S. to provide his or her Social Security Number (SSN) on the CDL application.

Question 6: Is a State prohibited from issuing a CDL to an applicant who, for religious reasons, does not possess an Social Security Number (SSN)?

Guidance: No. The determination of whether a peson needs an Social Security Number (SSN) is left up to the Social Security Administration.

Question 7: Is a color-digitized image of a driver acceptable for purposes of a CDL?

Guidance: Yes. The Federal Highway Administration FHWA will accept a color-digitized image of a driver on a CDL in lieu of a color photograph.

Question 8: May a State issue a commercial driver’s license (CDL) without a color photograph?

Guidance: Yes, if requiring a photograph (whether in color or black and white) would violate a driver’s religious beliefs. The issuing State must determine whether a driver’s objection to a photograph has a genuine religious basis. In addition, §383.3(e)(1)(iii) and authorizes Alaska to dispense with a photograph on its CDL.


Although we make every effort to assure that the information we provide is complete and accurate, it is not intended to take the place of published agency regulations. Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation and its Operating Administrations are published in the Federal Register and compiled in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Copies of appropriate volumes of the CFR in book format may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, or examined at many libraries.

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