Failed Urine Test !!!

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Jeff W.'s Comment
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Apox 12 mo ago, I failed a non-DOT urine test. Sence then, I have gone to a good driving school passing my phisical and drug test to get in to that school. I have graduated with flying colors, and now posses a Class A CDL. The issue I face is being DECLINED by 4 major carriers. Who have all stated that, the failed drug test in my past is the reason for them declining my applicatins. I dont know what I need to do now. Can anyone help me with this issue of mine ??? Thank You, the GOING NOWHERE TRUCKER


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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am afraid that a failed drug test can ban you from the trucking industry...sometime for life. I do know on some trucking applications some companies ask if you have failed any test in the last 2/5/10 years. Almost all company put at least some time limit on the failed test. There are thousands of companies out there and I reccomend you apply at all of them. Maybe one will be willing to take a chance on you but that is a pretty serious black mark against you. Even if you do get turned down as them about what time frame is acceptable to reapply that way you can starting learning when you can get into trucking.

Tracey K.'s Comment
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Guy is right! You are lucking that you weren't driving a truck at the time. It's going to be hard, but don't give up. You have come this far.

Their are companies out there that will take a chance. You will have to apply to them all! Be open and honest about everything. You may have to take a job that you don't really want for awhile, but it will be worth it in the long run.

I know it is a hard lesson to learn. But, it is one that is well worth learning. If you will stick it out you will see how your own life will benefit from it. You may need to take a job working in the warehouse for a year or so. It would be a good start. Many companies will feel you out for a period of time to see if you would be worth the chance. That's just how it works.

Use the link we have here if you haven't already and apply to all the companies. Then pray about it.

I wish you the best.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, you just have to keep applying like crazy everywhere you can. We have an excellent listing of Truck Driving Jobs and you can even Apply For Truck Driving Jobs With One Application to save a bunch of time. If I were you I would just apply anywhere and everywhere. And most importantly, call the companies yourself if you don't hear from them within a couple of days. You have to be persistent or your application might just sit on a pile collecting dust.

Animal's Comment
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A lot of companies do. Like has been said, keep on swinging. You might also (if initially denied) ask if they have a SAP Program and volunteer for it and volunteer to take extra tests (at your own expense). Most SAP programs provide for being maintained in the random pool but also an additional 6 random tests for a year (at the driver's expense) for those also in the SAP pool. I don't know that I'd make that my opening topic of conversation in a phone interview with a recruiter but an option to explore if need be. Most companies with SAP Programs have them for their own drivers that are otherwise good drivers and employees but failed a random with them or something, but some do have them for prospective drivers too. If you get on as a SAP Driver you'll have to foot the bill for some additional tests, but it's a start and once in and proven clean, straight and sober with a good record - the past failure will be much more manageable. Best of luck and don't let it get you down. It's out there for you somewhere. Just gotta keep looking.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Starcar's Comment
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Man...I musta been lucky....I am a Poppy Seed muffin addict...and while we were with 3 different companies, I failed 2 different whizz tests...the first one, I went into the office actually EATING a poppy seed muffin...they checked me anyway confused.gif . But I filed a conflict on the test results, and retested..and I was ok. BUt I won't stop eating something I like on the off chance I MAY be called in to whizz in a cup. I just tell them when I ate my last muffin smile.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I MAY be called in to whizz in a cup. I just tell them when I ate my last muffin

Ya know, some smaller companies that know you well might let that slide, but I think it would be incredibly rare nowadays to get a second opportunity like that. If you worked for one of the major companies and failed a test, telling them you ate poppy seeds and would like a re-test is going to get you laughed out of the building.

Starcar's Comment
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Brett I think you always have the right to appeal test results...I know it was on the federal level that I found it. There are alot of false positives in any phyically based test. So now that I've said it, i now have to find the rules and prove my point....Did you set me up for this confused.gif

Starcar's Comment
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Positive Results Appeal If a drug test is returned as positive for drug use, the individual will, according to 49 CRF Part 40, be able to speak with a medical review officer to provide information or medical documentation as to why the drug is showing up. The medical review officer will then determine whether it is a legitimate medical excuse and then report it to the employer.


Operating While Intoxicated

Keith G.'s Comment
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I AM IMPRESSED!... I guess I've spent too much time on Facebook, I would've bet dollars against donuts that somebody would tell him to not disclose the failed test"what they don't know won't hurt you driver" or something equally as bad. I gurantee you if this same question had been asked on some of the Facebook pages i look at there would've been a flood of so called "professionals" telling him to hide it. I'm glad I wasn't one of the first to reply, i would certainly have made a fool of myself by advising him to ignore the replies telling him to stop owning up to his past. good job guys!

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