Background Check ??

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Brian M.'s Comment
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Hey all. Soon, I will make my Final decision as to whether I apply for company sponsored training , or private school.

In the meantime, I want to make sure that any of my application that I do fill out are as accurate as possible. I had a small misdemeanor charge about 20 years ago. I don't remember the exact time, I don't even remember the exact year. I want to make sure that everything is accurate. I also would like to verify if there isn't anything else on there that doesn't belong.

Do any of you have any experience with running your own background check before you applied? I'm wondering what the best service to use is, or the best way to do this might be. Are there services that trucking companies typically use? If so, I'd love to use the same thing.

Thanks !!


Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Bill F.'s Comment
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Given your situation of a 20 year old misdemeanor; I would not waste money on backgrounding myself. Just answer any questions as accurately as possible and don't volunteer information they don't need. For example; If asked about any arrests within the last ten years, don't tell them about one 20 years ago. Just be truthful and accurate. Don't borrow trouble. Best of luck and definitely use the High Road CDL Training Program, whichever school you go to, you will be ahead of everybody else.


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.
Turtle's Comment
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They'll likely ask if you've ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, regardless of how long ago it was.

I had a somewhat checkered past myself, and like you, I wasn't exactly sure of the dates since it was roughly 29 years ago. So I chose to do my own background check by going straight to the source. I started by Googling Florida criminal background check, which led me to a site to do the check. There was a nominal fee, something like 15 or 30 bucks or so, I can't remember. But I got the detailed info I needed emailed to me shortly thereafter.

I suggest you do your own check before applying. It'll show that you're serious and on your game.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Zee G.'s Comment
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You should definitely check yourself. The interview will go way better if you are well prepared. If the misdemeanor shows on your background check, it will be better if you are honest with them since it was 20 years ago. If it doesn't show, no need to say anything. Long time ago I got caught up with marijuana and I wasn't sure if it will show in my file. I did a background check on this website I was clean and I didn't have to worry again. Def recommend.

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