New Law Updates CDL Licensing Requirements

By Margaret Allen
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that a recently enacted state law that took effect, Act 131 of 2020, extends the validity period of a commercial learner’s permit and helps address the issue of human trafficking through severe penalties levied on commercial drivers or those who wish to obtain a commercial driver’s license.
Act 131 of 2020 extends the validity period of a commercial learner’s permit from 180 days to one year. A one-year permit is more convenient for customers, giving more time to prepare for the skills test. Additionally, a longer validity period means that fewer customers will need to extend their permit, which will help decrease customer traffic in driver license centers.
Act 131 also updates requirements and restrictions for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, including reporting requirements for convictions and violations. One of these changes disqualifies an individual from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life if they are convicted of using a commercial motor vehicle to commit certain forms of severe human trafficking. For more information on Driver and Vehicle Services, please visit