Questions About What Companies Look For In Driving Records.

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Travis M.'s Comment
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Hello, I've bin looking into getting my CDL im about to turn 21 in a few days, I was just wondering what companies look for in your driving record? i know there's a lot of information out there but i cant find the answers im looking for. when i was a minor i got my license suspended that was over 3 years ago, but i didn't get my license back till a little less then 3 years ago does that count against me? also one of the violations that i lost my license from wasn't a driving violation "apparently they take ur license for anything when your a minor" any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You may need to wait till you have had your license back for 5 years before a company will take you, some will be longer than that and some will pass altogether.

one of the violations that i lost my license from wasn't a driving violation "apparently they take ur license for anything when your a minor"

That's silly, how many violations do you have and what where they for?

What ever you do, do not get any more tickets.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Go to your local DMV and request a complete MVR report. If you've had a license in any other state, obtain reports from those states also.

This way you can tell exactly what's on there.

Since your "criminal history" was most likely as a juvenile, as long as you haven't been in any other trouble over age 18, that shouldn't be a big problem as long as you didn't murder someone, steal cars, etc. lol.

Basically on applications, answer EXACTLY what they ask for, nothing more, nothing less.

We highly recommend company sponsored training. Here are some links to help you get started and welcome to Trucking Truth.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Travis M.'s Comment
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I have many violations as a minor, driving past curfew, driving a unregistered car without insurance (I had no idea that the car wasn't legal I could of fought that but it was a close family members car and I didn't want them to get in trouble for it) and a small amount of marijuana charge when I was very young and it didn't involve a car so I don't think that should effect anything, like I said they take your license for anything when ur a minor lol Thanks for responding!

You may need to wait till you have had your license back for 5 years before a company will take you, some will be longer than that and some will pass altogether.

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one of the violations that i lost my license from wasn't a driving violation "apparently they take ur license for anything when your a minor"

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That's silly, how many violations do you have and what where they for?

What ever you do, do not get any more tickets.

Travis M.'s Comment
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Thanks!

Go to your local DMV and request a complete MVR report. If you've had a license in any other state, obtain reports from those states also.

This way you can tell exactly what's on there.

Since your "criminal history" was most likely as a juvenile, as long as you haven't been in any other trouble over age 18, that shouldn't be a big problem as long as you didn't murder someone, steal cars, etc. lol.

Basically on applications, answer EXACTLY what they ask for, nothing more, nothing less.

We highly recommend company sponsored training. Here are some links to help you get started and welcome to Trucking Truth.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Travis M.'s Comment
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also I did get my driving record from the past 10 years, I've bin emailing it to recruiters so they don't have to go through the trouble lol

Go to your local DMV and request a complete MVR report. If you've had a license in any other state, obtain reports from those states also.

This way you can tell exactly what's on there.

Since your "criminal history" was most likely as a juvenile, as long as you haven't been in any other trouble over age 18, that shouldn't be a big problem as long as you didn't murder someone, steal cars, etc. lol.

Basically on applications, answer EXACTLY what they ask for, nothing more, nothing less.

We highly recommend company sponsored training. Here are some links to help you get started and welcome to Trucking Truth.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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