My Prime PSD Experience

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Miss Red's Comment
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Can you please outline any documents other than a birth certificate or anything pertaining to a name change that I would need to bring? Thanks

Matt M.'s Comment
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Marriage license if that's the reason for the name change (you'll need it to get TWIC).

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Can you please outline any documents other than a birth certificate or anything pertaining to a name change that I would need to bring? Thanks

1.) RAISED seal birth certificate from the state. Not the hospital one, and not a copy without the seal. People were sent home

2.) The marriage certificate (not LICENSE.. this also has to be a certified raised seal copy) AND divorce decree if necessary. You must supply a paper trail for your name. Example: If I was born Betty Boop and then married Al Bennet, but divorced him and married Mark Wilson... then I need to have the marriage certificate to Bennet, the divorce decree from bennet and the marriage certificate to Wilson.

3.) Bring at least the last THREE years worth of W2's, and as many recent pay stubs as you can. This is going to establish your employment for Prime (or whatever company). My employer of 18 years only does "automated phone verification" that costs money. Prime would not pay. I didn't have W2's because my house was destroyed in a hurricane. I was able to download my pay stubs, and some documents going back like 15 years from my company's website. I even had 10 years worth of my time clock punch cards, my photo ID, and two distinguished service awards. YEP... i brought it all. I emailed them to the recruiter, he told me it was all good before I left NJ, then a few days after I got there, he asked again. You CAN give them a photo of your direct deposit into your bank account from your employer. I did that because I only brought one month of pay stubs, and so i went back 6 mos on the direct deposit pics so they couldnt complain.

4.) This might sound stupid.. but your driver's license. There were a couple guys who said they didn't know they needed it since they were changing their licenses to Missouri to get the permit. Legally you are only permitted to have one valid license in one state. They voided out my NJ license when I got the Missouri one. When I passed the CDL , they voided out my Missouri permit and driver's license (cause it was class D for cars) and replaced it with my Class A CDL license. So when I get time, I have to transfer the CDL to NJ.

5.) If you want direct deposit into your bank account bring a voided check, a paper from the bank branch with the info on it, or the routing and account numbers. Be aware: The first TWO weeks pays from Prime get put onto your ComData Card. It is not a Visa type of debit so that you can pay bills. I could have written a check against the card and paid bills that way, otherwise, you can take the money out at an ATM and then pay your bills through Western Union at a truck stop.

6.) Another "duh", but a cell phone. A few guys did not have cell phones. Prime calls your phone if they need information. They are not going to leave notes at the hotel desk or on the hotel voicemail. Not only will the recruiters call you with any problems, but the trainers looking for students are given the phone numbers of new students.

Something else about banking: I have a bank on the east coast and when they saw i was traveling they froze my ATM/debit card. I was able to have them note on the account that most purchases would be at truck stops. Now I only get flagged at an occassional WalMart or something, so I call a head of time to let the bank know to approve it.

I intend to get an account at Bank of America which is pretty much everywhere, cause if i lose the card, the only way for me to get a replacement is to go to my branch in NJ and get a new one. With BOA, at least I'd have a chance at begging for a new card :)

I think that is it. Anyone, did I miss anything?

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Oh... i brought a copy of my college degree and honors as well. they didn't ask for it, but I gave it anyway. They are looking for stability, so proving you can stay in one job for a while or complete college looks stable and responsible.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Hmm, in Texas your marriage certificate says "Marriage License" on it (it's the official sealed document from the state). Maybe it's different in other states.

Regardless, that's just for your TWIC card, my wife didn't have hers so she couldn't get her TWIC card when she finished her psd. They won't send you home or anything.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hmm, in Texas your marriage certificate says "Marriage License" on it (it's the official sealed document from the state). Maybe it's different in other states.

Regardless, that's just for your TWIC card, my wife didn't have hers so she couldn't get her TWIC card when she finished her psd. They won't send you home or anything.

Hmm interesting. In NJ you need a marriage "license" to get married then get a temporary marriage "certificate" after the ceremony. A couple weeks later I went to the state and got the "sealed certificate". Only the sealed one can be used for name change in NJ.

I needed my marriage license and divorce papers for the NJ DMV and the MO DMV for the CDL-- they asked for it. It's part of the Real ID Act of 2005. Most of the states that haven't complied were given exemption for years. Now they are cracking down on it. so maybe that's the difference as to why I was asked? I expected it though, so I already had it.

OHHHHH and Social Security Card-- you need that.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Here's something saying Homeland Security will stop allowing MO ID's for air travel. We can use the TWIC and passport for air travel.

http://www.ky3.com/news/local/Real-ID-Act-may-affect-Missourians-air-travel/21048998_37262812

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matt M.'s Comment
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Maybe I'm wrong and we're not really married haha. At the MO dmv she used birth certificate, ssc with married name, and tx license with married name.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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It sounds like you're making great progress!! I am in CDL school now (locally) and did my first backing maneuver this past weekend. It was quite terrifying, but by the time the day was over I wasn't as afraid of it as I was when I first started. Now I know why they say that you don't want to back up your truck unless it's absolutely necessary.

I was under the impression that TNT phase was run solo and not team unless that's what you want to be doing. Was I wrong, or is the TNT phase meant to be run as teams?

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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It sounds like you're making great progress!! I am in CDL school now (locally) and did my first backing maneuver this past weekend. It was quite terrifying, but by the time the day was over I wasn't as afraid of it as I was when I first started. Now I know why they say that you don't want to back up your truck unless it's absolutely necessary.

I was under the impression that TNT phase was run solo and not team unless that's what you want to be doing. Was I wrong, or is the TNT phase meant to be run as teams?

The first part if Prime is PSD for Prime Student Driver. Basically the student is running typical solo loads with the permit and the trainer in the sit next to them teaching them to drive like ur school... but you actually go on the road for three weeks and run hauls. TNT at Prime stands for Trainer and Trainee is is run as teams this is the phase done with your CDL. My trainer is asleep while I'm driving but if I need help she jumps up right away. This is where you learn all the paperwork and trucking business where before the focus was on learning to drive safely.

After the team runs 30,000 miles the trainee then takes some defensive driving classes and a simulator test before getting their own truck. As of today I need 10k more miles... my trainer is taking a few days off.. but I'll def have my truck by end of February.

I still screw up but she tells me I'm doing good. And we really do get along great.....I'm just not crazy about the hard running team style.

I'm so happy you are doing good. We can meet up on rhe road sometime ;)

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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