Failed Drug Screen 3 Years Ago. Where Can I Get Hired?

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Tawanda's Comment
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Hey guys.

I just got my CDL Class A. I went through a private trucking school, paid for by the VA. I was active duty Navy for 9 years, was honorably discharged and joined the Navy Reserves. I was given a Administrative Discharge for weight and a failed drug screen (Marijuana). That was 3 years ago. I've been told by CRST that I have to wait 10 years and Shneider told me 5 years. Is this going to prevent me from gaining employment as a long haul, OTR driver? I haven't smoked in months, passed my DOT physical and drug screen and currently hold a Class A CDL.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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.
Gladhand's Comment
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Hey guys.

I just got my CDL Class A. I went through a private trucking school, paid for by the VA. I was active duty Navy for 9 years, was honorably discharged and joined the Navy Reserves. I was given a Administrative Discharge for weight and a failed drug screen (Marijuana). That was 3 years ago. I've been told by CRST that I have to wait 10 years and Shneider told me 5 years. Is this going to prevent me from gaining employment as a long haul, OTR driver? I haven't smoked in months, passed my DOT physical and drug screen and currently hold a Class A CDL.

You basically answered your question. You are going to have to wait and even at that you may be totally done. A failed drug test is a driver career suicide.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

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.
Tawanda's Comment
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It wasn't a DOT related test.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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It wasn't a DOT related test.

But its still a reportable failed drug test except you failed it for the federal government and guess who governs trucking? The feds. You may still find a smaller outfit that might look at you with it being 3 years old but you will have to look hard.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, all you can do it apply like crazy everywhere possible and keep pursuing opportunities. Beyond the regular channels, check out Craigslist for some smaller companies. A lot of them advertise jobs on there.

Locally you might want to speak with logging companies, large farms, and dumpster haulers like Waste Management. Any of those may give you an opportunity.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tawanda's Comment
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Just an update. Prime took me. Interstate almost took me, they have a 3 year rule they also do a 6 month hair follicle test. Just FYI.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Tim F.'s Comment
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Just an update. Prime took me. Interstate almost took me, they have a 3 year rule they also do a 6 month hair follicle test. Just FYI.

Wow. Good for you. Can't do much better than Prime to start with. Glad to see you got your 2nd chance.

Thank you for your service to our country!

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Tawanda's Comment
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Thanks! Yeah they've been pretty good so far. Only have 10 more states on my "to see" list. I'm about 1,000 miles away from upgrading to my own truck.

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Just an update. Prime took me. Interstate almost took me, they have a 3 year rule they also do a 6 month hair follicle test. Just FYI.

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Wow. Good for you. Can't do much better than Prime to start with. Glad to see you got your 2nd chance.

Thank you for your service to our country!

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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