Florida recalls 1,633 CDLs in latest examiner indictments

| 12/28/2001

Florida is once again recalled suspicious commercial driver's licenses - the third time this year. The Miami Herald reported the recall of 1,633 CDLs following the November indictment of seven examiners in Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offices in Hialeah and Coral Gables.

The recall is the result of an investigation where an undercover Florida Highway Patrol officer discovered the fraudulent sale of commercial and automobile driver's licenses and state identification cards. The state also is considering recalling thousands of driver's licenses issued by the indicted examiners between January 2000 and July 2001.

Robert Sanchez, a spokesman for the state, told The Herald there is no way for the state to know which licenses were legally obtained. The 1,633 CDL holders will receive letters giving them 30 days to schedule a retest or have their licenses revoked. Sanchez estimates the affected truckers will retest in February.