Colorado Governor Signs Bill to Lower Age Limit for CDL into Law

Sadiah Thompson
Posted on March 13, 2019

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis recently signed a new bill into law that would lower the age limit to drive commercial motor vehicles in the state.

The legislation would allow a person who is at least 18 years old but under 21 to be licensed to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if they hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and is authorized by federal law to drive a CMV in interstate commerce.

State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, one of the sponsors of the bill, told KDVR that she’s hopeful for a positive outcome, and that a federal law is passed to expand age requirements. Supporters of the legislation see it as a “win-win” situation, as it would offer a career option for those looking to make money immediately after high school, the news source reports. Opponents of the law however, argue that some drivers may not feel comfortable sharing the road with young adults who have only had their driver's license for two to three years, according to KDVR.

The law is expected to take effect on Aug. 2, 2019, according to the state’s general assembly website.

Related Topics: CDL, Colorado, legal issues

Sadiah Thompson Assistant Editor
Comments ( 2 )
  • Jimmy

     | about 3 months ago

    That's good. More opportunities for citizens to work and be productive. Commercial drivers get more training than the CLASS C (regular, personal vehicle drivers) anyways, it's the regular drivers and senior citizens (in motorhomes) you should be afraid of. The young people of our country need to be given the opportunity to WORK and not just sit around and wait for the WELFARE check. Good Job Colorado !!

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