Denied At JP. Question About Being Unemployed And Notaraized Letter.

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Desert_Rat's Comment
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Back story, I left my job of 13 years (boat mechanic) back in May to explore starting my own business. In late July I realized that starting my own business in the area I wanted to wasn't going to work out. I'm also tired of working on things (being a mechanic all my life). I applied with Jim Palmer for CDL schooling. The recruiter, who was very nice I might add, said everything on my app looked great and had a start date for early September. 10 days ago I received an e-mail that I had been denied and a DAC and DMV report were sent to me. There's nothing on my DAC and only an SR-22 filing on my DMV report which is why I "think" I was denied. An SR-22 in Arizona is an insurance certificate basically stating that I have insurance on my vehicle. This was from 2007 when I dropped insurance on a vehicle I didn't drive anymore but the ins. co. reported it to DMV and I had to have it on my policy. This SR-22 should have been dropped after 3 years but the ins. co. left it on there for some reason. After spending the day at the DMV and my ins. co. I had it removed.

Now I'm looking at applying to Swift in Phoenix which is local to me but read they want a notarized letter explaining why I was unemployed for more than 30 days.

What should this letter contain? Is it just a short letter explaining my circumstance of exploring a new business? Who should be the co-signer of said notarized letter? Should it be family or friends that know me? Confused on this.

I'm not giving up on driving a truck. It's something that's interested me since the mid 80's and now seems to be the "right time" in my life to go for it.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks!

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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Did they ask for a co-signer or for a letter from someone else? If they just want a notarize letter from you then you'd just need to sign it in in front of a notary public.

I can see why they'd want a notarized letter if someone else signs it, but I don't understand the point of a notarized letter signed by you. But I'm just curious - do whatever they ask for, of course.

G-Town's Comment
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Back story, I left my job of 13 years (boat mechanic) back in May to explore starting my own business. In late July I realized that starting my own business in the area I wanted to wasn't going to work out. I'm also tired of working on things (being a mechanic all my life). I applied with Jim Palmer for CDL schooling. The recruiter, who was very nice I might add, said everything on my app looked great and had a start date for early September. 10 days ago I received an e-mail that I had been denied and a DAC and DMV report were sent to me. There's nothing on my DAC and only an SR-22 filing on my DMV report which is why I "think" I was denied. An SR-22 in Arizona is an insurance certificate basically stating that I have insurance on my vehicle. This was from 2007 when I dropped insurance on a vehicle I didn't drive anymore but the ins. co. reported it to DMV and I had to have it on my policy. This SR-22 should have been dropped after 3 years but the ins. co. left it on there for some reason. After spending the day at the DMV and my ins. co. I had it removed.

Now I'm looking at applying to Swift in Phoenix which is local to me but read they want a notarized letter explaining why I was unemployed for more than 30 days.

What should this letter contain? Is it just a short letter explaining my circumstance of exploring a new business? Who should be the co-signer of said notarized letter? Should it be family or friends that know me? Confused on this.

I'm not giving up on driving a truck. It's something that's interested me since the mid 80's and now seems to be the "right time" in my life to go for it.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks!

Tell them the truth, simple, direct and to the point. Co-signing and a Notarized signature are two different and unrelated things.

Write the letter, print your name at the bottom and sign in the presence of a Notary Public; they will then sign and apply their stamp. Have three references standing by for future use.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Desert_Rat's Comment
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Thanks guys. I haven't talked to anybody at Swift yet, but from the review on this site of Swift it mentions "the letter". I was just wondering if someone other than me had to be present (other than the notary) when the letter is signed and notarized. On a side note, studying The High Road program here has helped immensely and have passed the Montana and Arizona on-line practice tests with ease!

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Back story, I left my job of 13 years (boat mechanic) back in May to explore starting my own business. In late July I realized that starting my own business in the area I wanted to wasn't going to work out. I'm also tired of working on things (being a mechanic all my life). I applied with Jim Palmer for CDL schooling. The recruiter, who was very nice I might add, said everything on my app looked great and had a start date for early September. 10 days ago I received an e-mail that I had been denied and a DAC and DMV report were sent to me. There's nothing on my DAC and only an SR-22 filing on my DMV report which is why I "think" I was denied. An SR-22 in Arizona is an insurance certificate basically stating that I have insurance on my vehicle. This was from 2007 when I dropped insurance on a vehicle I didn't drive anymore but the ins. co. reported it to DMV and I had to have it on my policy. This SR-22 should have been dropped after 3 years but the ins. co. left it on there for some reason. After spending the day at the DMV and my ins. co. I had it removed.

Now I'm looking at applying to Swift in Phoenix which is local to me but read they want a notarized letter explaining why I was unemployed for more than 30 days.

What should this letter contain? Is it just a short letter explaining my circumstance of exploring a new business? Who should be the co-signer of said notarized letter? Should it be family or friends that know me? Confused on this.

I'm not giving up on driving a truck. It's something that's interested me since the mid 80's and now seems to be the "right time" in my life to go for it.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks!

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Tell them the truth, simple, direct and to the point. Co-signing and a Notarized signature are two different and unrelated things.

Write the letter, print your name at the bottom and sign in the presence of a Notary Public; they will then sign and apply their stamp. Have three references standing by for future use.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I haven't heard of any company requiring a notarized statement to fill employment gaps. But, then, my employment history is filled in.

You do need to explain your work history (I forgot - 3 years or 10 years). If you were unemployed and simply hanging out in Margueritaville for 30 days or 3 years, maybe you need to look elsewhere. But if you were looking for work, or working for unrecorded cash (under the table kind), or caring for a disabled/sick family member most companies will accept the explanation. If you were starting your own business, you might have some records, city licenses, tax returns or letters showing that.

If you can get signed notes by people you worked for, that's great. Companies want to hire people that work, not slackers.

Good luck, D.R., Swift is a good company to work for. I have been driving for them for almost two years.

(Being from Apache Junction, haven't you gone up looking for Weaver's needle and the Lost Dutchman?)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Desert_Rat's Comment
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Errol, I haven't been hanging out in Margaritaville LOL! I don't even drink. I explored the idea of starting my own repair business. I did not actually start it up hence no gov't forms or anything like that. I had saved enough money back to do this "exploration" but found there wasn't enough interest in the area I wanted to start up in so I abandoned the idea.

I have done some work for friends this summer (under the table) and have many good references so that's not an issue.

I can almost see Weavers Needle from my place and can see the western end of the Superstitions (Flat Iron/Brooks Peak) from here. No, I haven't been looking for the Dutchman's gold LOL! Quite a few people die out here looking for it though.

The notarized letter thing comes from this site under the Swift company review.

I'm interested to hear from any recent or current Swift trainees on this letter thing.

Thanks all!

Retha M.'s Comment
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I recently finished swift. A guy in my class had the same issue. He needed notorized letters from 3 people who could verify his situation. Talk to the recruiter they will tell you exactly what you need. I start orientation Tuesday and will run it by them.

Desert_Rat's Comment
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Thank you Retha!

I recently finished swift. A guy in my class had the same issue. He needed notorized letters from 3 people who could verify his situation. Talk to the recruiter they will tell you exactly what you need. I start orientation Tuesday and will run it by them.

Adam W.'s Comment
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Hi desert rat I curious why did you pick jim Palmer first

Desert_Rat's Comment
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I chose JP because of the class size (5 students at a time), newer trucks, and I thought moving to Montana would be nice.

Don't get me wrong, Arizona is nice, but I'm kinda sick of the heat!

Hi desert rat I curious why did you pick jim Palmer first

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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