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Posted:  9 years ago

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Accepted to Prime training school, question about Hazmat

Hello everyone, I am very proud to have just been accepted to Prime's training school in Missouri. Although after reading the info they sent me and some of the DMV book, I am very worried. It said in the information packet that all company drivers are required to obtain a hazmat endorsement which would not be a problem for me except that I don't think I will be approved. Both the DMV handbook and the TSA website say that if you have ever been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital that you will be turned down for Hazmat. Although it does say that I could apply for a waiver in this situation. Now I know what you are thinking but it's not like it sounds. I was there for depression briefly a long time ago and have been completely fine since. I have finished college and have been working productively for nearly a decade and I am not on any prescription medicine. I have been completely honest with Prime on my app and during recruiter questioning, however they did not ask any questions regarding this situation. I was so happy to have been accepted and now I don't know what is going to happen with the school and my job with Prime after training. I am assuming the FBI background check they will do at orientation will not show this information since it is a medical record. I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding Prime and hazmat requirements. It even says on one page of their website that you will obtain your CDL with hazmat endorsement (if you want it), but some of their other pages and the packet I was e-mailed it says that all company drivers are requirer to get hazmat. I have read online that they don't require it but that info was a couple of years old. Will an inability to obtain a hazmat endorsement keep me from working for them after finishing training or maybe even cause them to send me home before I finish? Does anyone have up to date information regarding Prime's hazmat endorsement requirement?

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