Making Sure Everything Is In Order Before Training

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Jeffrey B.'s Comment
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CDL Training day is fast approaching for Swift on September 18 in Richmond, VA. Getting nervous....

Ok why you should comprehend, read and listen. This is regarding my DOT Physical for Swift.

August 31, 2017 had my DOT Physical at an approved Swift Facility in Chambersburg, PA. Had my long from filled and signed as well as the medical card. I told the Dr. doing my physical that I was going to take my permit test on September 1, so I did not have my permit with me at the time of the Physical. My recruiter at Swift told me that I needed my DOT Medical card before I could take my permit test., so I was following her instructions. She also told me to call her with the results of my Physical so she could update my file. All went well and I passed with flying colors, make sure you follow the instructions on the long form and do not hide anything.

September 1 came and I took my permit test in Bedford, PA., I passed 2 out of 3, so I had to go back after the holiday. September 6, passed., and got my permit. I called my recruiter and gave her the information.

I took the required on line training with Swift and passed with a 95%

September 12, 2017, I received an email welcoming me to Swift and the Richmond training academy., the email including do's and don'ts as well as expectations...THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION to your paperwork especially your permit and DOT Physical form.

When reading the requirements for training it was spelled out that on your medical card in the lower right corner there is CLP/CDL Application/Holder, Yes or No (this is for PA). This is to be completed by the examining physician, and it must be checked YES. WELL mine was originally checked NO which would have sent me home the very first day of training. This morning I had to go back to the Medical facility and have my DOT card redone and provide the Dr., with proof that I had my CDL Permit. This also had to be fixed on the long form.

On your permit (again for PA) make sure that your L restriction knowledge is marked PASS, if not, again you will be sent home to correct the issue.

I had to redo my employment application twice now for my recruiter and she said that I will need to redo it again at the end of my training (not sure why though, I asked but no explanation was given).

In the end just pay attention to your paperwork and requirements prior to attending any training, the smallest mistake can be detrimental to your new career.

All in all things are progressing well and I am looking forward to making the drive to Richmond on Sunday.


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.


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.


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.


Operating While Intoxicated


Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Stacy M-Yellow Wolf's Comment
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Congratulations on starting your training with Swift! I look forward to reading how it goes fir you. I am in central NC, so not far from Richmond. Enjoy your training!

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