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Administrative Disqualification Law

When a Florida driver is arrested for driving a vehicle while their ability is impaired from either the taking of alcohol and / or drugs and have been found to have a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit, they will face severe penalties. This is even truer in the case of commercial drivers. In fact, while the legal limit for BAC is typically set at 0.08 percent, for commercial drivers, it is lowered to 0.04.

Should a driver be found to be operating a commercial motor vehicle with either a BAC over 0.04 or under the influence of a controlled substance, they will be immediately disqualified for a year. Should they refuse to submit to a breath, urine or blood test, they will automatically suffer from a one year disqualification.

Should they refuse a second time or should they be found with an unlawful BAC, they will be permanently disqualified and will be unable to continue their profession. This disqualification takes place immediately. The arresting officer will give the subject a temporary permit which will only be valid for a mere 10 days following the notification (although does not authorize the operation of a commercial motor vehicle for 24 hours).

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