Want To Get Cdl, Old Dui

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Garet C.'s Comment
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I am wanting to take CDL classes, but have a dui (misdemeanor) from 1985. In Indiana, a dui stays on your driving record for life. I could pay an attorney to attempt to have this expunged, but it would be pricey, around 1000 dollars. I have seen in previous posts that the advice, when you contact trucking companies, is to answer honestly. Since in my state, it stays on your record for life, is it worthwhile to have it expunged? Specifically, I am wondering about getting prehire letters. Maybe it would be better for me to do this (expungement) before contacting the companies. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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.


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.


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Bolt's Comment
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Most companies, or at least the ones I have talked with, only go back 5 years. I have two that are almost 12 years old and it has not been a problem.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Most companies, or at least the ones I have talked with, only go back 5 years. I have two that are almost 12 years old and it has not been a problem.

I would be honest about it, but at 33 years ago, I think you are safe

Brett Aquila's Comment
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is it worthwhile to have it expunged?

No, it's not worth it because it will still show up when they do background checks. I know expunged is supposed to mean it never happened, but the records will still be found. Trucking companies are going to want to know if you've ever had any DUI's and if you answer "no" thinking it was expunged they're going to find it and toss your application in the garbage.

It was a very long time ago so it won't be a real big deal. Some companies will not hire anyone who has ever had a DUI , but many others will. You'll have no problem getting started in trucking. Just be honest about it.


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Joseph L.'s Comment
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Being Honest and up front. When speaking with a recruiter I would bring this up as soon as possible. As Brett said there are companies who won't hire people with any DUI record. However considering you made this mistake 33 years ago and there are what a hundred plus trucking companies out there I think you're chances of getting hired are quite good


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