(1) Any person wishing
to exchange or convert a chauffeur's license to a type 1 or type 2 commercial
motor vehicle operator's endorsement must:
(a) have at least 24 months experience as a
commercial vehicle operator immediately preceding the date of application and
be currently employed as a commercial motor vehicle operator or an
(b) be qualified to obtain a commercial vehicle
operator's endorsement under the provisions of ARM 23.3.503 or 23.3.505 and
meet the requirements for the endorsement applied for;
(c) in addition to the traffic law violation requirements
of ARM 23.3.503 and 23.3.505 have neither a violation of state or local law
relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) arising in connection with any traffic accident, nor a record of an accident
where he/she was at fault, during the two years immediately preceding the
application for a commercial operator's endorsement;
(d) pay the required fee;
(i) renewal applicants pay the full 4-year
(ii) conversion applicants pay a fee based on the number of years and/or portions of
years remaining before expiration of their current driver's license.
(e) if the application is
for a type 1 endorsement, successfully complete all written examinations
required for the class of endorsement(s) applied for.
(2) If a person applying
for an exchange or conversion to a commercial motor vehicle operator's
endorsement does not qualify as in (1) (a) or (c) above, he/she may obtain the
endorsement by successfully completing all required examinations.
(3) If a chauffeur's
license is in a probationary status due to convictions resulting from
violations of traffic laws occurring while operating a commercial motor
vehicle, the person is ineligible for a type 1 or type 2 endorsement until the
probationary status has ended and the chauffeur's license has been restored.
The license may be renewed as a driver's license only.
(4) If the status of the
applicant's chauffeur's license cannot be determined by the examiner the
application will be processed completely, but the applicant will not be issued
any type of license or permit. All application materials will be sent to driver
services headquarters for a final determination of status, and the endorsed
license issued or for good cause denied. If the denial relates only to the
endorsement, any fee paid for the endorsement will be refunded.