Fraudulent Commercial Drivers Licenses

Fraudulent Commercial Drivers Licenses

Over 3,000 people lost their lives in CMV crashes in 2009. Operator error is the number one cause of fatal commercial vehicle crashes. For trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds, drivers of these vehicles are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) ensuring they have the specialized knowledge and skills to drive these vehicles. One way to ensure our roadways are traveled by only well qualified drivers is for law enforcement officers to stop trucks and buses and review the driver’s CDL.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has developed a video series to improve an officer’s understanding of CDLs, allowing officers to confidently examine a CDL and safely interact with a CMV driver. The video series covers topics such as how to examine the CDL, including its security features, identifying a fraudulent CDL, and officer safety considerations when interacting with a CMV.

Video Series
This seven part video series, developed in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, can be viewed in its entirety, to gain a broad understanding of the commercial driver’s license or as an individual section within the series to learn about that focus area. This series can be used during roll call or for an officer who is interested in learning more about the commercial driver’s license.


The Commercial Drivers License

Officer Safety and the Traffic Stop
Part 1: Documentation (1:52) [Video] [Text] Officer Safety Part 1: The CMV Stop (2:52) [Video] [Text]
Part 2: Security Features (2:50) [Video] [Text] Officer Safety Part 2: Approaching the CMV (2:14) [Video] [Text]
Part 3: Examining the CDL (2:22) [Video] [Text] Officer Safety Part 3: Driver Contact (3:32) [Video] [Text]
Part 4: The Fraudulent CDL (1:45) [Video] [Text]      


Compilation Reel
Complete Video Series: The Commercial Drivers License and Officer Safety and the Traffic Stop (19:11) [Video] [Text]
Compilation: The Commercial Drivers License Parts 1-4 (10:02) [Video] [Text]
Compilation: Officer Safety and the Traffic Stop (9:57) [Video]


Additional Resources
State Drivers License Authority (SDLA) Contact list: This list contains the point of contact information for the licensing authority in your state. Download the list here.

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA): For agencies interested in obtaining more in-depth knowledge about Fraudulent Document Recognition training, please contact, Brian Ursino, Director of Law Enforcement at or 703-350-5103.

IACP would like to thank the following for participating in this project:
John Batiste, Chief, Washington State Patrol
Frank Carson, Corporal, Prince Georges County Police Department (MD)
Keith Edgell, Captain, Montana Highway Patrol
Daniel Johnson, Master Police Officer, Fairfax County Police Department (VA)
Thomas L’Esperance, Colonel, Vermont State Police
Terry Licklider, Sergeant, Virginia State Police
Michael Rose, Corporal, Prince Georges County Police Department (MD)
Robert Tershak, Master Trooper, Virginia State Police
Michael Tooley, Colonel(ret.), Montana Highway Patrol
Brian Ursino, Director of Law Enforcement, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

This video series is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, grant number DC10996IACPFDR CDLPI. Neither the U.S. Department of Transportation nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this videocast series (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).