Commercial vehicles/CDL

Restricted commercial driver's license (CDL)

What is a restricted CDL?

A restricted CDL may be issued to suppliers or employees of suppliers of agricultural inputs. Agricultural inputs means applicators of agricultural chemicals, fertilizer, seed or animal feeds. The applicant may operate Class B or Class C vehicles, but not a combination vehicle.

What are the requirements for a restricted CDL?

The applicant must have two years of driving experience with a license permitting at least two years of unaccompanied driving. This does not include a motorized bicycle license, a minor’s school license, or a minor’s restricted license.

Additionally, the applicant must have a good driving record for the most recent two-year period. A “good driving record” means a driving record showing:

  • No multiple licenses.
  • No driver’s license suspensions, revocations, disqualifications, denials, bars, or cancellations of any kind.
  • No convictions in any type of motor vehicle for:
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
    • Leaving the scene of an accident.
    • Committing any felony involving a motor vehicle.
    • Speeding 15 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit.
    • Reckless driving, drag racing, or eluding or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.
    • Improper or erratic lane changes.
    • Following too closely.
    • A moving violation that contributed to a motor vehicle accident.
    • A violation deemed serious under rule 761-615.17(321).
  • No record of contributive accidents

What am I valid to drive?

A restricted CDL is valid for a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) requiring tank, air brake, and hazardous materials endorsements/ restrictions; but no CDL knowledge or driving tests will be required, nor will endorsement fees be charged, and no CDL endorsements/restrictions will show on the license.

The only hazardous materials allowed to be carried with a restricted CDL are:

  • Liquid fertilizers, such as anhydrous ammonia, in quantities of 3,000 gallons or less.
  • Solid fertilizers, such as ammonium nitrate, provided they are not mixed with any organic substance.

Restricted CDL holders may operate between the place of business and the farm currently being serviced, but not to exceed 150 miles from the place of business.

When the driver is not operating a CMV, he/she can only drive the types of vehicles he/she was valid for before the restricted CDL was issued. That license type will be indicated on the restriction supplement. A person already holding a CDL or commercial learner's permit is not eligible for a restricted CDL.


How long is the restricted CDL valid?

A restricted CDL will be valid for up to 180 days within the calendar year, which may be taken at any time during the calendar year and may be taken consecutively or divided into no more than three individual periods, at the election of the driver.

Individual periods that are less than 180 days may be taken in 60- or 90-day increments, provided the cumulative period of validity in the calendar year does not exceed 180 days. An individual period of validity may be extended by 30 days, provided the application for extension is made before the individual period expires and again provided the cumulative period of validity in the calendar year does not exceed 180 days. (An application for extension that is made after an individual period expires will be treated as an application for a new individual period.)

A restricted CDL must be validated for CMV operation for each individual period of validity. This means the licensee must have their good driving record confirmed and a new card issued at each application for an individual period of validity.

Examples

Driver A elects a single restricted CDL valid for 180 days, beginning March 15 and continuing through Sept. 11. Driver A will go to a driver’s license issuance site for the restricted CDL before it is issued to confirm his good driving record and be issued the card, and after the restricted CDL expires will not be eligible for an extension or another restricted CDL until the next calendar year.

Driver B elects to divide her 180 days for the calendar year into two 90-day periods, one beginning March 1 and continuing through May 29, and one beginning Sept. 1 and continuing through Nov. 29. Driver B will go to a driver’s license issuance site for each restricted CDL before it is issued to confirm her good driving record and be issued the card, and after the second restricted CDL expires will not be eligible for an extension or another restricted CDL until the next calendar year.

Driver C elects to divide his 180 days for the calendar year into three 60-day periods, one beginning April 10 and continuing through June 9; one beginning Aug. 14 and continuing through Oct. 13; and one beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through Dec. 29. Driver C will go to a driver’s license issuance site for each restricted CDL before it is issued to confirm his good driving record and be issued the card, and after the third restricted CDL expires will not be eligible for an extension or another restricted CDL until the next calendar year.

Driver D initially applies for a restricted CDL that is valid for 90 days, beginning March 20 and continuing through June 18, but because of flooding decides to extend that period of validity by 30 days, to July 18. Driver D expended 120 days of her total 180 days for the calendar year, and would be eligible only for a second restricted CDL valid for a period of 60 days the remainder of the calendar year.


What is the cost?

The cost of a restricted CDL is $8 per year. Each time the driver comes in to update the validation period there will be a $10 charge and a complete search of the applicant’s driving record.