Failed Non-DOT Drug Test In Past

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Billy W.'s Comment
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Hello all. My first post here. I asked this same question last night, but on a 3 yr old thread, so I am going to post it again. I have been clean from marijuana for about 22 months now. However, I have a failed drug test in my past, while applying for a baggage handler position. It was a non-DOT job. I'm hoping to get my CDL Permit and head off to truck driving school next year. So my question is this: Is my dream to become a truck driver dead in the water, or are there companies that will still accept me, if I can( and I will) pass my DOT physical and drug screening? Thanks to all who answer..

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.

DOT:

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Hello all. My first post here. I asked this same question last night, but on a 3 yr old thread, so I am going to post it again. I have been clean from marijuana for about 22 months now. However, I have a failed drug test in my past, while applying for a baggage handler position. It was a non-DOT job. I'm hoping to get my CDL Permit and head off to truck driving school next year. So my question is this: Is my dream to become a truck driver dead in the water, or are there companies that will still accept me, if I can( and I will) pass my DOT physical and drug screening? Thanks to all who answer..

You will be asked if you have ever failed a drug test. I'm not sure if it specifies DOT or not.

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.

DOT:

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.

David D.'s Comment
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First of all don't lie to your employer. For most of them it's a cardinal sin. I'd be up front with them and let them know what happened. Do you really think that of all of the truck drivers in the world none have ever flunked a drug test somewhere in their life. I'm betting you'll get points for being honest. Some won't hire you, but I'm betting someone will.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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A failed drug test is a failed drug test. DOT or not. they will ask, and if you lie you will be sent home. they will find it.

we had a member here last year who lied. when prime found the failed test in her record, they told her to reapply in 6 mos. when they realized she lied on the paperwork, they told her to forget it. It came down to only CR England or Pam would hire her.

there is a SAP program that some companies might want you to go through even if they are willing to hire you.

be honest. it looks worse if you lie. they need to be able to trust you with their product, the equilment and the lives of the public.

SAP:

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.

DOT:

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Rainy wrote:

...be honest. it looks worse if you lie. they need to be able to trust you with their product, the equilment and the lives of the public.

This here cannot be emphasized enough. 100% agree.

Billy W.'s Comment
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Thanks to all who have commented. I planned on being honest on all applications, just wanted to get some feedback from actual truckers. I don't think I'm the only future trucker who has a failed drug test in my past. I made the mistake and I'll deal with the fallout. It's good to see that there r trucking companies willing to hire someone in my situation, C.R. England and Pam. I'm just gonna keep on studying and take my CDL Permit test in December, and get my DOT physical and drug screening soon after that. Thanks again everyone for the feedback. 😊👍😊👍😊

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.

DOT:

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.

Mike D.'s Comment
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Taken from then the D.O.T. Medical Examination Report Form (for Commercial Driver Medical Certification)

32. Have you ever failed a drug test or been dependent on an illegal substance?

Mike D.'s Comment
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Taken from then the D.O.T. Medical Examination Report Form (for Commercial Driver Medical Certification)

32. Have you ever failed a drug test or been dependent on an illegal substance?

I looking at some applications also....this is from McElroy's application. 6. Have you ever tested positive, or refused to test on a pre-employment drug or alcohol test by an employer to whom you applied, but did not obtain safety-sensitive transportation work covered by DOT agency drug and alcohol testing rules in past three years, or have you ever tested positive or refused to test on any DOT-mandated drug or alcohol test? No

So I guess it would be a yes/no/unsure question on the D.O.T. medical form, but with some companies they may only be asking for certain parameters pertaining to any pre-employment testing. Of course if there were a failed test for criminal/court ordered purposes, it would be public information regardless.

DOT:

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.

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