• CDLIS Working Group

  • Background

    The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) contributes to this by ensuring only qualified drivers are driving commercial vehicles on our nation’s roadways. The CDLIS application and procedures are major components to assist in the oversight of the CDL program.

    CDLIS has been in operation since April 1992. It serves as a clearinghouse that each of the 51 jurisdictions (50 States and the District of Columbia) can check before issuing a commercial driver's license. CDLIS helps to ensure a commercial driver (CDL holder) has only one license nationwide. It also ensures that all convictions are reported to the licensing state and made part of the driver's record.

    AAMVA has formed Working Groups at various times to address specific CDLIS requirements but has not created a group specifically for continuously monitoring and improving the application. The CDLIS Working Group is envisioned to fill this need. It is anticipated to be a standing Working Group with membership changes over time.

    Mission Statement

    The CDLIS Working Group will provide guidance and direction on improvements, enhancements and changes related to the CDLIS application and processes. The group will address known limitations and identify opportunities to support future growth and improvements. 

    Member Responsibilities

    1. Analyze current CDLIS functionality and provide prioritized recommendations for future improvements to CDLIS functionality.
    2. Define business requirements (to include assessing any federal rule-making to determine its impact on CDLIS).
    3. Review and provide recommendations on issue resolution.
    4. Actively participate in conference calls.
    5. Respond in a timely manner to requests for information.
    6. Provide input on the timing of changes for implementation.
    7. Provide and support ongoing communications between the CDLIS Working Group and the broader AAMVA Jurisdictional base.
    8. Endorse and promote CDLIS Working Group decisions within the CDLIS community.

    The CDLIS Working Group is comprised of jurisdictional and regional representatives. Regions are divided further into sub-regions, so that each sub-region rep is the point of contact for five or less jurisdictions.

    CDLIS Working Group Communication Plan


    Camdon Gutshall (2021)
    User Representative
    Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

    Vice Chair
    Rebekah Douin (2022)
    Programmer Analyst
    Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles  


    Nicole Barnett (2023)
    Assistant Director for Special Projects
    Rhode Island Division of Information Technology

    David Birchman (2021)
    Manager, CDL Policy
    California Department of Motor Vehicles 

    Amber-Lynn Daniels (2023)

    Customer Service Manager
    Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

    Michael Hemsley (2022)

    CDL Policy Analyst
    Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services

    Melissa Lechner (2023)
    Director of Driver Compliance
    Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

    Patrick McJannet (2021)
    Deputy Bureau Chief, Records and Driver Control
    Montana Motor Vehicle Division

    Tyler Renk (2023)
    Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles

    Crystal Soderman (2021)
    Traffic Records Operations Manager
    Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles

    Tracey Wheaton (2022)
    CDL Coordinator
    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Federal Government Representative 

    Joshua Jones

    Transportation Specialist
    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


    AAMVA Staff - Project Manager – Rajesh Dharmarajan



    Goals of Change Management within CDLIS

    • Provide a consistent and well-defined mechanism for stakeholders to initiate discussion of and request enhancements to the CDLIS system
    • Encourage stakeholders to properly vet enhancement requests prior to formal submission
    • Provide a streamlined process that results in better tracking of and more timely responsiveness to enhancement requests
    • Provide the submitter with the ability to determine the status of his/her enhancement request at any time
    • Provide all stakeholders with transparency to vetted enhancement requests

    CDLIS Working Group Responsibilities

    • Review and respond to enhancement requests in a timely fashion
    • Help determine appropriate solutions to problems/issues that are raised
    • Provide input on sizing and prioritizing proposed enhancements
    • Provide input on the timeframe for implementing approved enhancements
    • Solicit input from and communicate potential enhancements to the membership at large

    Initiating a Change Request

    If you have identified a need for a change to CDLIS, follow these steps.

    1. Write a brief description of the business need or issue.
    2. Describe your change request and how it addresses the business need or issue.
    3. Vet the business need and your change request (#1 and #2) internally within your organization to ensure that the need for your change request is supported by your organization from both a business and technical perspective.
    4. Contact a CDLIS working group representative to discuss your request to ensure that:
      • Your change request has not already been submitted by another stakeholder
      • Your change request is needed based on potential insight into how other states might be addressing the business need or issue
    5. Submit your request via email to CDLISChangeControl@aamva.org. You will receive confirmation of receipt, including an identifying change proposal number.

    What Happens After You Submit a Change Request?
    1. Your proposal will be evaluated by the Proposal Review Committee to determine priority for CDLIS WG review / consideration against other received proposals.
    2. When your proposal is brought under consideration by the Proposal Review Committee and/or CDLIS WG, you will be asked to participate in a conference call to present/discuss your proposal with the group. Participation from both a business and technical perspective by your organization are recommended for this discussion.
    3. You will be contacted with the resolution of your change request and your change request and disposition will be posted to the AAMVA website with other vetted change requests.

    How Do You Check the Status of a Change Request?

    You can check the status of any submitted change request by sending a request via email to CDLISChangeControl@aamva.org.

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