Convicted Felon Who Is Intersted In Trucking

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Dylan B.'s Comment
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Hello guys and gals! I have a pretty lengthy record (see below). I have been clean and sober for 3 years (Not a single accident, speeding ticket, or DUI on my driving history. (Have had it suspended and needed to take class due to 3rd offense bad inspection sticker.) I currently worki for a Towing company and I hold my DOT health card and I worked my way up to assistant manager within a year. Currently driving a 2017 Hino 258. I want to move up in the trucking industry.

How hard to get a job with a record like mine because I'm trying to decided to go for my CDL out of pocket or wait 5 years and do CDL because of record.

State of RI 12/2013 Possession of a controlled substance V

Massachusetts 11/09/2011 Larceny Less Than (Continued without Finding) 11/09/2011 Identity Fraud (Guilty) 11/09/2011 Fraud (Continued without Finding) 11/09/2011 Larceny by False Pretenses (Guilty) 11/09/2011 Larceny Less Than (Continued without a finding) 11/09/2011 B&E in Night to Commit Felony (Continued without finding)

01/20/2012 Larceny less than (Guilty) 01/20/2012 Larceny more than Felony (Guilty)

02/29/2012 Larceny Less Than (Guilty)

05/15/2014 Use without Authority 114A (Dismissed) 05/15/2014 Operating After 114B (Dismissed)

Should I even bother?

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

NeeklODN's Comment
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Trucking companies that hire felons

Hope that helps. Hopefully I'm allowed to post links in the forum. If not, sorry mods!

Big Scott's Comment
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You will have a rough time, but it's possible. First, look here. TSA website Scroll down to the eligibility section. Look under disqualifying criminal offences. If you are able to get your hazmat endorsement it will help. I know CFI will hire felons and train you. They look at them on a case by case basis. Carolina Cargo will take just about anyone. You need to have your CDL first for them. Outside of those two, you can try Apply For Truck Driving Jobs And here is our starter pack of info.

Good luck.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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NeeklODN, I updated your link. We have a list of companies that hire felons on our own website.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Dylan, tbh it will be a rough start. You may have to be willing to obtain your CDL thru a college or private institution. I would first apply to any and all companies that are willing to hire felons and have a company sponsored CDL program. You may not get an option to be picky. We firmly believe, here at TT, that the name on the door doesn't matter nearly as much as how you conduct yourself as to whether you can be successful. We recommend people stay with their first company for at least a year. If you can get a year of safe driving in, you will find a lot more doors will open for you.

Don't get caught up in the negativity you will here about certain companies. Just to use Carolina Cargo as an example. They are well known to take just about anybody. However, we have/had a driver on these forums that absolutely loved working for them. Yes, they are a team outfit. The way they pay is a little different than most. Their base pay is pretty abysmal, but from my understanding there are a bunch of bonus pays to be had just for doing your job in a safe and competent manner.

I wish you the best of luck.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

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.
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