Age Discrimination Date Of Birth On Every Application?

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Bill H.'s Comment
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I am an experienced driver who will get my CDL in about 3 weeks. I have been driving rigs with Farm Plates for 3 years which don't require a CDL

In way above average shape/health for my advancing age...(notover 70)

Filling out job applications on line they all have Date of Birth required???

I am afraid that once they see my age they will not contact me.

These online aps also ask for my SS# which is not cool to do on the internet with all the identity theft going around.

Thanks for your help here.

Bill

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Well Bill...they will also ask for a copy of your CDL...which has your DOB on it..sorry.gif .I agree with the SS #....but theres really not much difference with giving it on a secure internet site, or talking to them on the phone. If identity theft happens, it can come from anywhere.....And any identity thief who thinks he's gonna find a truck driver thats worth stealing millions from is smokin' some wicked stuff..rofl-3.gif

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Bill!

With trucking, privacy is not something you will get much of. They comb through your life like you're applying for a job babysitting the President's kids. They'll go through your criminal background, driving record, employment history, and sometimes even things like your credit scores and social media profiles. They will dig up everything they possibly can on you.

There is little or no age discrimination in trucking. In fact, I've never heard of a single case. You could even call it "reverse discrimination" if anything. When I started I was 21 and even though you could legally drive Interstate at 21 only a handful of companies would consider me. Most companies require you to be a minimum age somewhere between 23-25. But there are tons of people out there driving in their 70's and most classes in truck driving schools across the country have at least one or two people in their 60's. So age should be no concern. Trucking companies prefer age to youth because with age we tend to be more cautious and prudent.

Interstate:

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

Michael B.'s Comment
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I understand your concerns. I am 65 and about to start this journey also. I have asked many employers about my age and the answer has been resoundingly the same. If you can pass the physical that is all they care about. Now I recognize that they may want to just sound like there is no age discrimination. For the most part I believe them. I am very fit and look much younger and run 6-10 miles a day 4-5 days a week. I am not worried about it. If you attend a company school they train you to drive their trucks. Getting into their school will tell you they will hire you.

As far as the SSN number on line that doesn't trouble me a lot either. But I share your concern and have found that you can do a lot with a phone call. I have talked to many schools and applied to the ones that passed my phone interview.

Old School's Comment
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I've told this story so many times I'm sure my friends here are tired of it, but... when I went to orientation and got hired at the age of 53 they hired a man on the same day that was 73! So, don't even give it a second thought. Truck drivers are like fine wine, apparently they get better with time.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Truck drivers are like fine wine, apparently they get better with time.

May I concur? smile.gif

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