What CDL Training Company Does Not Use Hair Follicle Testing?

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Brandon L.'s Comment
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Hi I haven't done anything in past few months but rather be safe than sorry. I left that pointless life behind me and I am looking to get into the trucking industry. I have been calling many different companies and came to find out many of them do hair follicle testing. I am looking into CRST, Jim Palmer, TMC, Prime and a few more. Can anyone please help me with my decision as I would like to go to cdl training school through a company but don't want to risk anything coming up in hair follicle test. Thank you in advanced.

P.S.- I know just don't smoke and you'll be fine, which I haven't in a couple of months but would like to be on the safe side as a career is more important to me. Thank you


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.
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Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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As of a few weeks ago, students from this forum are still reporting urinalysis at Prime. Reckon it won't be terribly long before everyone is doing hair though.

Doug C.'s Comment
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What about Roehl or C. R. England?

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Both reporting hair follicle testing.

Brandon L.'s Comment
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Both reporting hair follicle testing.

What about CRST? As my application was just approved through them. Thank you

Doug C.'s Comment
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I to will be going to CRST,but don't know what their drug testing consists of.

Don's Comment
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A "couple months" lapse in use may suffice for either urinalysis or hair follicle tests. Hope you are really, truly serious about "leaving that life behind", because there are enough hazards out here to worry about. Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the roads, no one needs nor wants.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here is the most recent information we have on it. We can't guarantee that some of the companies listed under urinalysis only haven't begun hair follicle testing at this point. This is just the latest information we have:

Hair Follicle vs. Urinalysis Drug Testing: Breakdown By Company

I highly, highly suggest you wait until you've been completely clean for at least 6 - 9 months or more before you attempt getting into trucking. One failed drug test and your career is shot before it ever begins, and nowadays that track that stuff permanently. No one is really sure how far back those hair follicle tests go. It could even be longer than 6 months. We do know that a failed drug test is pretty much the end of your career, at least for a very long time. You absolutely must not risk it.


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Turtle's Comment
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I too strongly urge you to wait at least 6 months before beginning. Something people often forget is the simple fact that a company can pop you for a test at any time.

Lets say you pass the urinalysis at orientation and begin training. A day or two into training you get into a minor fender bender. Your company can then require more extensive testing such as a follicle test. At that point, you're cooked.

It's simply not worth the risk. A failed test will be a career killer. Wait long enough to be sure you can pass any test. That's my take.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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If it has been 2 months, cut your hair to 1/8” all over. Once it grows to 1 1/2”, you are good. Don’t try before it is that long, as your body hair will show for up to a year.

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