Self-reporting of out-of-state convictions requirement eliminated

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 4/25/2013

The days of having to call your home state’s driver licensing agency to tell them about an out-of-state conviction will soon be a thing of the past.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a final rule in the Federal Register on Friday, April 26, that will eliminate the requirement on truckers to self-report out-of-state convictions.

The final rule, which will go into effect 30 days after it’s published, will place the burden of reporting out-of-state convictions on the states.

States are already required to report convictions of state or local laws regarding motor vehicle traffic control, other than a parking violation, to notify the home state of the CDL or CDL permit holder within 10 days. This final rule eliminates the redundant reporting of the conviction by the driver.

There was some concern raised during the rulemaking process that drivers might not know if a state is in compliance with the new reporting requirement. To address that scenario, the agency built in a provision in the final rule where the agency will publish in the Federal Register a notification of a state’s noncompliance.

Drivers who are convicted of a traffic-related offense in a noncompliant state will be required to report that conviction to their home state within 30 days.

The final rule does not eliminate the driver’s responsibility of reporting convictions to their motor carrier within 30 days.

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