C.D.L. license and Type II

By cyncyn Latest Reply 2009-04-23 10:01:33 -0500
Started 2009-04-22 08:01:45 -0500

can someone please explain this to me. my son was just diagnoised with Type II. employer told him, if he takes insulin, he'll lose his CDL license. but if he controls it without insulin, then he can keep his license. i'm confused!

16 replies

Anonymous 2009-04-22 21:37:15 -0500 Report

I have my cdl and am insulin dependent. I had to jump through A LOT OF HOOPS just to get it and keep it. I have never passed out while driving though neither, so that may make a difference. Had to do the waiver for the d.o.t.

cyncyn 2009-04-22 22:06:42 -0500 Report

thank you,
my son may have to do this, i don't know yet. i've learned so much from this site. thank you, again

2009-04-22 20:54:14 -0500 Report

As far as I know, here in Michigan if you are insulin dependent, you don't get a CDL. Same as a pilot license.

2009-04-22 20:38:42 -0500 Report

It sounds like your son is okay! Good luck to you and him! Hugs, Angie

2009-04-22 21:07:02 -0500 Report

Cyn, I might have jumped the gun on that answer. I talked with a friend of mine who drives his truck across the country. He is Type 2 and takes no insulin and has no problems with his CDL. I'm afraid Type 1 and insulin dependent would be a different story.

cyncyn 2009-04-22 21:30:56 -0500 Report

thank you ARUDEE. that seems to be the answer, i'm seeing. but i think his employer, is the one who jumped the gun.

2009-04-22 19:58:28 -0500 Report

You do not automatically lose your CDL if you go on insulin. In order to get an interstate CDL you have to get a waiver if you are insulin dependent. Some states allow intrastate CDL's without the waiver but if you were to start doing over the road you would need the waiver.

dj7110 2009-04-22 17:44:21 -0500 Report

the laws are this way in the state of PA also. can't hold a license after becoming insulin dependant.

cyncyn 2009-04-22 21:28:33 -0500 Report

thank you, not far from you. we're in W.Va.

dyanne 2009-04-23 01:24:30 -0500 Report

My bofriend who has a

My boyfriend who has a CDL license said its a Federal law due to the fact if his sugar were to go to low not every one feels it happening it could be so dangerous for him and everyone else. I hope they start on pills which is what they should do . If I remember right his sugar were 160 so pills seem to be the way to start. Good luck to you both …let me know how he is
hugs dyanne

cyncyn 2009-04-23 10:01:33 -0500 Report

thank you for the info. and i see your point. many people probably don't know, when sugar is high or low. mother-in-law doesn't. she has been as high as 400, and didn't know it! thank again

Sarguillo 2009-04-22 17:32:00 -0500 Report

I am in California. THere was a thread a little while ago on this. Is your son a driver for a company? If I remember correctly, last time I had to fill out the paperwork for CDL, it asked if I had medical conditions and if I had ever passed out. My doctor told me not to say that I was diabetic untill he told me to say. A friend of mine here at work, who is a Class 1 driver, on pills and insulin, with a doctors note saying that he was under control had to have a hearing to get his class 1 back. He was out of work for a while. When I took my last diabetic class, there was a driver there who told me that they can make you test at a stop and if you were BS over 140, they would not allow you to continue. What they are worried about, is if the driver looses control and cant keep their rig on the road. Yes, it has happened. And when they have that much steel under their hands, it becomes a major issue. The insulin thing is that most T1 diabetics (they forget that T2 also can be on insulin), they seem to think cant control their BS well enough to drive. Narrow minded people if you ask me. For your son's sake, and his work situation, if he can control by pills alone, it would be easier for the employer if not for him.

cyncyn 2009-04-22 21:27:42 -0500 Report

thank you. and yes, there are a lot of narrow minded people. he was just diagnoised this weekend with Type II. he drives for Lowes(home inprovement). but we don't know yet, if he'll take meds or insulin. hasn't gotten in to see dr. yet. his employer was going on his stay in hospital. but that was for emergency surgery of gallbladder. they had to give him insulin to get BS down. but they said it could have been the infection causing the high. they were giving him shots & BS was 165.

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