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Karl F.'s Comment
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I was told I needed 3 years recent verifiable work history .. I worked as a barber since 1985 till 2011 when my father had a stroke . I stopped working and took care of him because I promised never to place him I a facility , he passed in oct of 2017 also during that time I was taking care of my mother on and off for last 3 years , she now has live in so I am free to presume another career I have had one ticket in 10 years (no seat belt) am I wasting my time trying to get company sponsored cdl training since I blew all my money taking care of parents and am close to being homeless if I dont get into something soon I stayed in same career all my life now ( 51 ) started barber apprentice at 16 got lic at 18,,, now want to go OTR how do I let a company know I am not a risk ,, I just had to take care of people ,, I have no kids at home , no wife or girlfriend at home , so I want to burn of some rubber take my resets OTR , and spend time in different parts of the country, well except New York,, lol, I hear nightmares about driving a rig there, talked to a recruiter who was really rude so thought I would ask you Guys and Gals , what is my best option about covering the lapse in work history for past 8 years... 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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

CK's Comment
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Hello and welcome! You don't have to go to a school where you'll pay out of pocket for your training - many companies offer paid CDL training. You can even apply to multiple companies with these programs here: Apply For Paid CDL Training

As far as the gap in employment, talk to the individual companies. You will need to show a consistent work history of sorts, so getting a job in the short term may be a requirement to continuing down this path. Others with more experience will be along shortly to give their input.

That 10 year old infraction will not affect you at all.

Definitely take the time to read Brett's free e-book and the other materials, especially the free CDL training materials here.

Welcome and Good luck!

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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As I said in the other post, you may need a letter explaining you were caring for your parents

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