I Need HELP: Just Got My CDL.

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Nicolas H.'s Comment
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So I just got my CDL today and turned 21 on monday. I’ve applied for Schneider, FFE, Swift, and Werner. Oh plus U.S. Xpress. Now Schneider’s reason for not being able to hire me is because the qualification to get my CDL was revoked in 2016....TWICE because of my tickets. Do all companies consider and do i just need to give up? I just wanna start training and get on the road, however i’m getting discouraged. Who can i apply to that will allow me to come on board? C.R. England said i had to wait and until december and honestly, I don’t want to.

CDL:

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.

TWIC:

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hello Nick! Welcome to Trucking Truth! And Happy Birthday 🎈🎂🎈!

Consider that a truck driver is responsible for maybe $250,000 of equipment, thousands of dollars of freight, and needs to get the through all kinds of traffic and roads. Doing this safely and legally to boot.

Trucking companies do pay attention to an applicant's past because of course that's the best they have to predict what kind of driver you might be.

Don't give up just yet. There's lots you need to find out about this business. I'm not clear on this: I think you don't have a CDL yet, right? Trucking Truth had some stuff that will help you out.

Take a look at this stuff:

The first two things can help fill in your information about this industry. The second, especially the High Road program will get you set up to pass the CDL written test.

But with there's more. Assuming you need the CDL license, here's some more reading:

Truck Driving School Listings

Paid CDL Training Programs

And finally, here's a way to get your application to a whole bunch of companies looking for drivers:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

CDL:

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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So I just got my CDL today and turned 21 on monday. I’ve applied for Schneider, FFE, Swift, and Werner. Oh plus U.S. Xpress. Now Schneider’s reason for not being able to hire me is because the qualification to get my CDL was revoked in 2016....TWICE because of my tickets. Do all companies consider and do i just need to give up? I just wanna start training and get on the road, however i’m getting discouraged. Who can i apply to that will allow me to come on board? C.R. England said i had to wait and until december and honestly, I don’t want to.

We will need more info, how long ago were the tickets, and what for?

Your driving record will be considered by every company you apply to, some will be more lenient than others. Sounds like CR England is giving you a chance in 30 days. 30 days is nothing, it will be gone before you know it.

CDL:

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.

TWIC:

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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C.R. England said i had to wait and until december and honestly, I don’t want to.

If three weeks is more patience than you can muster then you're in for a miserable journey. Trucking is all about patience. Your patience will be tested continuously out there with heavy traffic, slow shippers, bad weather, breakdowns, and slow responses from dispatch. Trust me, the world isn't going to jump because you want them to.

Have you Applied For Paid CDL Training through our site? It goes to a bunch of different companies and you'll hear from recruiters right away. It will definitely give you a bunch of different opportunities.

If you weren't allowed to get a CDL because of some tickets then they had to be very serious tickets. You're probably not going to get a lot of offers with serious tickets like that being so recent.

CDL:

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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