The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that a recently enacted state law, Bill 131 of 2020, extends the validity period of a business learner’s license and helps address the issue of trafficking in human beings through severe penalties imposed on commercial drivers or those who wish to do so. to obtain a commercial driver’s license.
“This law helps ensure that commercial drivers have sufficient time to prepare for their commercial driving test while also providing for penalties for serious felony,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian.
Law 131 of 2020 extends the period of validity of a commercial apprenticeship permit from 180 days to one year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently amended the regulations to allow a jurisdiction the choice of the 180-day commercial learner’s permit with an additional 180-day extension or a one-year commercial apprentice permit. A one-year license is more convenient for clients, giving them more time to prepare for their skills test. Plus, a longer validity period means fewer customers will have to extend their license, which will help reduce customer traffic at driver’s license centers. This article of the law entered into force on May 23, 2021.
Law 131 will also update the requirements and restrictions for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders, including the requirements for reporting convictions and violations. One of these changes prohibits an individual from driving a commercial vehicle for life if convicted of using a commercial vehicle to commit certain serious forms of human trafficking. This section of the law entered into force on May 25.
For more information on driver and vehicle services, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.
Online services for drivers and vehicles are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driving history services; changes of address; driver’s license and vehicle registration overhaul letters; ability to pay the cost of overhauling driver’s license or vehicle insurance; duplicate driving license and photo ID; and scheduling driving tests. There is no additional charge for using online services.