Trying To Start Career In Trucking

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Patricia D.'s Comment
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I've wanted to drive trucks for a long time with a class A CDL license, but the time was never right until now. But, if I am being honest, I am having a hard time finding someone to hire me. I did just graduate from a school, but unfortunately I have a past I am not too proud of. I'm also not above admitting my mistakes. So, if any of you know companies willing to hire a felon (drug charge), as well as someone with a couple of misdemeanors, all at least 9 years old now, please let me know.

I am being turned down quite a bit which wouldn't normally worry me, however, as someone who is in recovery (8 yrs.), from an addiction and has worked her ass off to get her life back, it gets redundant having these doors slammed in your face. I know that today I would be an ASSET to ANY company, I just can't get them to believe it.

IDEAS anyone?


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.


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.
Renegade's Comment
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There are quite a few second chance companies on this site that review felonies case by case. I'm sure if you apply at as many as possible, you'll get a letter of acceptance. Go to the search bar and type in felonies and you'll see a few posts where the moderators have posted a link for second chance companies. DO NOT give up.

Diver Driver's Comment
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First off congrats on the 8 yrs. ! I just made 8 years myself, in September.

I'll ask the obvious, but have you looked here ?

Don't give up!

Parrothead66's Comment
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There's companies out there that hire felons. There's a link on this site for companies that do. Don't give up and congratulations on your sobriety.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a list for you right here:

Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies

Hang in there! Don't let it get to you and don't take any rejections personally, as hard as that may seem. Companies have minimum requirements in place and either you meet them or you don't. Some you will, some you won't. No big deal. Don't think anything of it.

All that matters is that you continue to push forward and pursue your goals. As long as you don't quit trying you will indeed find a way to make a career out of trucking. You already know it won't be easy. You're already prepared for that mentally so keep your thoughts 100% positive and keep your focus 100% on moving forward. Don't dwell on the past.

And don't allow yourself any of that "poor me" mentality. Life is too short for that crybaby stuff, you know what I mean? We can all do that if we want. We've all been around long enough to experience hardship and loss and we're all human enough that those thoughts might try to creep in once in a while. Be vigilant. Don't allow it.

Keep making phone calls and filling out applications. Keep making the effort. You know for a fact that there's a way to make this happen so there's no reason to settle for less. Make it happen.

Keep us updated on your pursuits. We'll help anyway we can.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patricia D.'s Comment
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Thank you guys for the encouragement. One thing for sure about me is I'm no quitter so I WILL be a truck driver and soon. Thanks again!!

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