If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (OVI), the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for the State of Ohio will suspend your license for one year. Limited driving privileges may be granted after 15 days on a first offense, but will not include privileges to drive a commercial vehicle. In other words, you will be able to drive to and from work but you cannot operate a commercial vehicle during the one year suspension.
Likewise, if you refuse to submit to a breath test after an OVI arrest, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license for one year. The arresting officer has the authority to take your license after the refusal. You will be eligible for limited privileges 30 days after the arrest. These privileges do not include the operation of a commercial vehicle. Therefore, anyone who holds a commercial driver’s license should be careful about getting behind the wheel of any vehicle after consuming alcohol.