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Arthur R.'s Comment
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Hi My names Arthur from Massachusetts I'm 21 years old I got my license when I was 17 and I was very stupid when I got my first car I ended up getting 5 speeding tickets and a suspension between ages 18 and 19. I wasn't really thinking about my future and the damage I was doing. I absolutely love driving and would like to get my CDL but I'm wondering if it's even worth it. Ever since I got my license back I haven't gotten any tickets or anything like that so My driving record has been clean for about 2 years and I always make sure I'm cautious on the road so I don't get any other tickets. So my question is, is it even worth going for my CDL or should I take up another career. Thanks in advance

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Hi My names Arthur from Massachusetts I'm 21 years old I got my license when I was 17 and I was very stupid when I got my first car I ended up getting 5 speeding tickets and a suspension between ages 18 and 19. I wasn't really thinking about my future and the damage I was doing. I absolutely love driving and would like to get my CDL but I'm wondering if it's even worth it. Ever since I got my license back I haven't gotten any tickets or anything like that so My driving record has been clean for about 2 years and I always make sure I'm cautious on the road so I don't get any other tickets. So my question is, is it even worth going for my CDL or should I take up another career. Thanks in advance

3-5 years since your last conviction is pretty much how most companies work.

You "might" be able to get on somewhere NOW - but at 5 years, you should have way less issues.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Arthur R.'s Comment
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Thanks so much

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Hi My names Arthur from Massachusetts I'm 21 years old I got my license when I was 17 and I was very stupid when I got my first car I ended up getting 5 speeding tickets and a suspension between ages 18 and 19. I wasn't really thinking about my future and the damage I was doing. I absolutely love driving and would like to get my CDL but I'm wondering if it's even worth it. Ever since I got my license back I haven't gotten any tickets or anything like that so My driving record has been clean for about 2 years and I always make sure I'm cautious on the road so I don't get any other tickets. So my question is, is it even worth going for my CDL or should I take up another career. Thanks in advance

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3-5 years since your last conviction is pretty much how most companies work.

You "might" be able to get on somewhere NOW - but at 5 years, you should have way less issues.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Big T's Comment
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It also depends on the speed and reason for suspension.

If you want to try to get in now find a couple companies you are interested in working for and call them. Just remember to be honest and straight forward. There isn't any point to hide it because these companies always seem to find out.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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The skinny of it as Rick stated is 3-5 years from last moving violation and/or restoration of your license. However, if any of them were 15+ over and a Reckless Driving, you can pretty much guarantee you just bumped that number up to 5-10 years. If you have 2 or more at 15+ over you may of just killed any hopes for a CDL job. Nothing will stop you from getting a CDL. Getting a job will be the hard part.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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BTW, just to throw this out there. I had 1 speeding ticket in the last 10 years or better. It was in spring of 2014. My ticket was for 14 over. (84 in a 70). The cop gave me a break. I was doing 22 over. (92 in a 70) I got hired by the company I work for in September of 2016. So the ticket was roughly 2 1/2 years old at the time. I hope that gives you a little hope. I have never discussed this ticket on here, so I am sure some mouths will drop.

Rick S.'s Comment
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BTW, just to throw this out there. I had 1 speeding ticket in the last 10 years or better. It was in spring of 2014. My ticket was for 14 over. (84 in a 70). The cop gave me a break. I was doing 22 over. (92 in a 70) I got hired by the company I work for in September of 2016. So the ticket was roughly 2 1/2 years old at the time. I hope that gives you a little hope. I have never discussed this ticket on here, so I am sure some mouths will drop.

Baaaaad Boy.

I had a DRAG RACING ticket in 2000 - got it adjudication withheld (no conviction), on a motorcycle no less, that was completely bogus. I wasn't racing, but the guy next to me at the light "thought" we were, not seeing the cop car at the next light. Got a bunch of tickets in the 87-89 area, screwed around, not showing for court, etc. (this is before I figured out that every ticket gets handed to a TICKET ATTORNEY the day after I got them). Ended up with a years suspension for excessive points in '92. Since I was staying in N Carolina at the time, and the suspension hit AFTER my FL license expired, I changed my DL to NC BEFORE it expired, and drove on that for a year (staying out of FL where I was suspended). Bunch of tickets in the 2005-2008 area (when I had my corvette), all dismissed through the graces of a great ticket attorney. I drove like an a-hole, with impunity, because I had a great ticket atty.

See, I wasn't some angel in my distant past.

It isn't until we consider using our licenses to EARN A LIVING, that we realize how important our driving habits are. My last tickets were in 2010 (right after I got my CDL) - both adjudication withheld - one a 22 over (motorcycle) and a bogus stop sign ticket. Right then and there, I decided to GROW UP and stop screwing around with my (potential) future as a CDL driver.

My current lifetime MVR pull is CLEAN AS A WHISTLE - because Florida drops all old cases off after 5 years (except DUI's). Now I drive like my license MATTERS - BECAUSE IT DOES. I bought another sports car (my daily driver's been an SUV for years) a couple of years ago, kept getting pulled over (and talking my way out of tickets) and sold it a year later, because I just couldn't drive it slow - and MY LICENSE IT TOO IMPORTANT to screw around.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Arthur R.'s Comment
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Even if I explain it was before I was 20? I might have 2 or more over 15+ very stupid. All within the same year though.

The skinny of it as Rick stated is 3-5 years from last moving violation and/or restoration of your license. However, if any of them were 15+ over and a Reckless Driving, you can pretty much guarantee you just bumped that number up to 5-10 years. If you have 2 or more at 15+ over you may of just killed any hopes for a CDL job. Nothing will stop you from getting a CDL. Getting a job will be the hard part.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Even if I explain it was before I was 20? I might have 2 or more over 15+ very stupid. All within the same year though.

LOL...

Sorry...

Before you were 20, was only a year ago. Don't think that works much in your favor.

Rick

Bud A.'s Comment
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Arthur, I'm late to this thread, but I'd like to offer some perspective. When I was younger, I got speeding tickets regularly, probably one a year or so. None were 15+, but a couple could have been if the officer had decided to go by the book.

Now I have a clean MVR , nothing on it for 15 years. That seemed impossible when I was in my 20s and 30s, but I didn't have a right attitude about it until then. It sounds like you've gotten your attitude right.

Five years may seem like forever when you're 21, but it's not really that long. So apply now, see what happens if you're interested. If it doesn't work out right now, drive right and do something else for a few years. If the driving bug gets you, you can apply again in a few years. With a clean record, you'll see a big difference in interest from companies. And a clean driving record isn't good just for getting a truck driving job. It will save you thousands in insurance costs right away too. It's like giving yourself a raise.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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