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Bruce L.'s Comment
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First ever post so excuse me if I mess this up. I desided after the work industry left my 60 year old body to the curb to go into trucking, most of my friends have always thought it was perfect for me. Single and not much family. And love to drive, Michigan to Florida is a breeze. So a friend told he’d train me through his company OJT. So did my DOT exam and passed and went for my permit and was told NO thru Michigan I had a prior suspension. So being I have a Florida license anyways I called Florida tax collector and was told no problem Bruce I could get it their. I’ve had my license back for 20 months but it seems no company will sponsor me because of it and the length of the suspension. So are there companies that will sponsor or give me OJT? Florida would be great.


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.

Old School's Comment
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Bruce, how long was your suspension?

Think about this... you'd like some company to provide you with what we call a Paid CDL Training Program. That means they are going to commit a good sum of money to house you, feed you, and train you. It's a long shot for most of these companies because only a small percent of those trainees ever turn into profitable professional drivers. They know that from the start and they try to weed out those who obviously have issues.

Several years ago the national average these companies spent per new driver coming into these programs was approximately $8,500.00. That's a lot of money to gamble on a guy who didn't bother to protect his driver's license in the past. In this business your license is of vital importance. It's critical that you not only keep it clean, but that you just keep it period. Lengthy suspensions are not taken lightly by the employers, especially if they are going to take a gamble on training you to get your CDL, hoping that you'll turn out to be a great employee.

Let's just say a person lost their license due to being behind on child support. That's a tough one, but how can the companies know that's not going to happen again? You lose that license and they lose their employee. They also lose the money they invested just to get that person to a minimal entry level position.

I think somebody will be willing to take you, but you are going to have a tough time of it.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Do I understand correctly, you have a Florida and Michigan driver's license? Apparently Florida allows that as long as it says valid only in Florida. Is it legal to have two driver's licenses in different states? Trucking companies will find your other license. If you don't tell them about it, they will not hire you and if it comes out during training you will be fired for lying on your application.

Bruce L.'s Comment
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No I moved to Florida then came back to Michigan for a job in carpetentry and that job finished. One license.. Florida

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