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What is AAMVA’s CDLIS State Procedures Manual

The AAMVA CDLIS (Commercial Driver’s License Information System) State Procedures Manual is a document produced by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). It outlines the standardized procedures and policies that state motor vehicle agencies should follow regarding the issuance, renewal, transfer, and management of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) within the United States.

CDLIS is a nationwide database that allows states to exchange information about commercial driver’s license holders. Its primary goal is to prevent drivers from obtaining multiple licenses from different states and to ensure that commercial drivers meet the federal standards required to operate commercial vehicles.

The procedures manual typically covers a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • The process for issuing and renewing CDLs, including the verification of eligibility and the administration of required tests.
  • The management of CDL endorsements and restrictions, which indicate the types of commercial vehicles a driver is authorized to operate or specific conditions under which they can operate those vehicles.
  • Procedures for reporting and accessing CDL holders’ driving records, including convictions for traffic violations and disqualifications from commercial driving.
  • Guidelines for interfacing with the CDLIS database, including the technical specifications for data exchange between state motor vehicle agencies and the CDLIS.
  • Policies for maintaining the security and privacy of CDL holder information.

This manual is intended for use by state motor vehicle administrators and their staff to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to promote uniformity in the handling of CDLs across the states. The specific contents and structure of the manual can vary and are updated periodically to reflect changes in federal regulations and best practices.



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