Mastering Masking


On-Demand Course: Mastering Masking
120-minute presentation
CLE: 2 Credit Hours

Federal and most state law prohibits the “Masking” of convictions. Misconceptions continue to persist surrounding this statute’s mandate requiring the reporting of CDL/CMV violations and convictions and prosecutors’ discretion to negotiate these cases.

This online training course, developed by national experts in cooperation with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the National District Attorneys Association’s National Traffic Law Center, and the National Center for State Courts, is for new and practicing prosecutors, as well as other traffic safety professionals who desire to learn more about the legal and ethical consequences of plea negotiations involving commercial driver’s license (CDL) cases. This FREE training course is designed to equip prosecutors with the knowledge, information, and confidence necessary to effectively prosecute CDL and/or large commercial motor vehicle (CMV) cases. The course walks the learner through a first-person simulation of prosecuting the fictional traffic case of a CDL holder. The training uses a case file, interactive exercises, document mock-ups, and avatar voiceovers to bring the course content to life.

Completion of all slides of the content module along with successfully passing a knowledge assessment quiz earns the learner a certificate of completion. This training is self-paced, allowing the learner to move at their own pace to complete the content module in one sitting or via multiple sessions. Estimated time for course completion: approx. 1.5 – 2 hours.

NOTE: Consult the FAQ page for helpful instructions prior to starting this course.

Course module topics include:


Masking and Ethics




Course Module

Final Assessment

Course Evaluation

Completion Rules

All units must be completed

Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever


Attendees should check the CLE tab for updates on which jurisdictions have approved the course for CLE credit. General questions or additional information regarding CLE credit can be directed to Project Coordinator Courtney Jan.


Please contact NTLC Senior Attorney, Jim Camp.

Romana A. Lavalas, Esq.

FMCSA Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Enforcement and Litigation Division

Former Senior Attorney, NDAA

Romana Lavalas served as the CDL Senior Attorney for the National District Attorneys Association’s, National Traffic Law Center from 2017 to May 2021. During her tenure at NDAA, Romana provided education and technical assistance to prosecutors, judges, law enforcement and other allied professionals, as well as develops resource materials addressing commercial drivers’ license issues in the criminal justice system.

Prior to joining the National District Attorneys Association, Romana served as a prosecutor for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, New York. During her 17 year tenure, Romana prosecuted misdemeanor and felony DWI cases as well as argued appeals before New York State’s Appellate Division, Fourth Department. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and Syracuse University College of Law.  Romana recently accepted an Attorney-Advisor position in the Office of the Chief Counsel, CDL Enforcement and Litigation unit at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 

Jim Camp

Senior Attorney

National District Attorneys Association

Jim Camp is a Senior Attorney with the National Traffic Law Center, focusing on Commercial Driver’s License related topics. 

A nationally recognized authority on traffic safety, trial advocacy, law enforcement and prosecution issues, he is an in demand motivational and subject matter expert speaker. Jim served 17 years as Elected District Attorney in Wisconsin, and 9 years as Assistant District Attorney General and Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor in Tennessee, with more than 33 years of experience as a trial lawyer.

Mr. Camp has educated and provided authoritative advice to and for law enforcement, staff and command, prosecutors, legislators, committees, boards, traffic safety partners and private industry nationally. He has authored numerous articles on impaired driving and trial advocacy, and over twenty-four thousand have heard him speak.

Technical Requirements
  • Computer Platform: This training website and all course materials are accessible from most connected devices capable of accessing the internet, including most computers, tablets, and mobile devices. The optimum user experience is likely to be had via computer.
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How to Sign Up

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Certificates are awarded to learners who complete the training course. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, which depending on the requirements for the course, may include viewing of slides, completion of modules and/or quizzes, or the submission of assignments, you will have access to the last module which allows you to download your certificate or print your PDF certificate. If the state you practice in is not pre-approved, please download the 'General Certificate.'

If you already completed the course and looking to download your certificate, please reach out to Project Coordinator, Courtney Jan to verify your course completion and she will send your certificate. 

Started the course already?

If you started the course in our previous platform, please note you will need to restart the course in our new platform.


Please contact NTLC Staff Attorney, Jim Camp.


4 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/14 points to pass
4 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/14 points to pass Before we begin this training, lets see what you already know about masking and related topics by answering a few questions. The test contains 4 questions.
Mastering Masking
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. Federal and most state law prohibits the “masking” of convictions. Misconceptions continue to persist surrounding this statute’s mandate requiring the reporting of CDL/CMV violations and convictions and prosecutors’ discretion to negotiate these cases. Learners will appreciate how the enforcement of this and other regulations combine to reduce injury and death by keeping unsafe commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders off the roads and assuring that each driver has one driver’s license and one complete driver’s record. Participants will be able to: • Understand the Federal definition of “Masking,” “Conviction” and “Disqualification” pursuant to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations • Learn about the ethical consequences of Masking Estimated time for course completion: approx. 1.5 hours
Final Assessment
10 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  7/22 points to pass
10 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  7/22 points to pass The test contains 10 questions
8 Questions
8 Questions Thank you for taking the National Traffic Law Center’s course on Mastering Masking! Your time and participation are greatly valued. Please take the time to complete the following evaluation. This survey has 9 questions.
Up to 2.50 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 2.50 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
General Certificate
2.00 CLE credits  |  Certificate available
2.00 CLE credits  |  Certificate available