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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Before I ask for pre-hire letters, does anyone know if there is way to get a background check done before that? The reason I'm asking is I don't want to get any surprises. I haven't worked for 8 years due to my motorcycle accident, and want to make sure that if I go back to trucking like I want to, I won't have something on that report. I know that I don't have any criminal things in my past, drugs, criminal record. Though I did take 10 days county jail for a speeding ticket I got when I was 18. When I went to court, the judge said,"That will be $65 or 10 days in the county jail". That was some 47 years ago. So if anyone has any clue where I can check, be most appreciated.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Before I ask for pre-hire letters, does anyone know if there is way to get a background check done before that? The reason I'm asking is I don't want to get any surprises. I haven't worked for 8 years due to my motorcycle accident, and want to make sure that if I go back to trucking like I want to, I won't have something on that report. I know that I don't have any criminal things in my past, drugs, criminal record. Though I did take 10 days county jail for a speeding ticket I got when I was 18. When I went to court, the judge said,"That will be $65 or 10 days in the county jail". That was some 47 years ago. So if anyone has any clue where I can check, be most appreciated.

Jail 47 years ago for a speeding ticket should not count against you, but there will be other, more experienced folks along with an answer soon. I believe they only look for felonies within 7 years, but I would not try to hide your jail time.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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47 years ago $65 was a lot of money.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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That will not be a problem. You can pull your DAC for free. Just Google it. Good luck.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Errol V.'s Comment
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This is from our Trucking Wiki:

DAC (Drive-A-Check) Report

Everything you need to know about your DAC, and how to get a copy.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

G-Town's Comment
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Junkyard Dog comments:

47 years ago $65 was a lot of money.

Definitely. I recall my Dad proudly announcing when he got a raise at his job, increasing his weekly pay to $200.00. I think it was about 1965 when my truck of choice was manufactured by Tonka.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Thanks for the info

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