Florida And Prime

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Ashley M.'s Comment
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Hello all, I’ve been looking around on this forum for quite awhile now as I want to eventually become an OTR driver. I have no kids, spouse, or really any major responsibilities, only my dog which is why I’m leaning towards Prime for training. My question is I know they have a hiring freeze on Florida right now but what if I was to “move” to a relative in Illinois or even rent a place temporarily in another state? I don’t need my home time here in Florida I just live here now because most of my family is here and it’s warm/no state tax.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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That would likely work as long as you fit their other hiring criteria. I see you mentioned Illinois, one thing worth mentioning is Illinois will require you to retest in there state for a CDL. Prime (and other companies) will license you in their state and then you can transfer it to your state of residence. Illinois however doesn't allow that. Whether you just obtained your CDL in Missouri or you've been driving 30 years and move there the state of Illinois will require you to retest. There's no way of knowing how long the hiring freeze down there will last however if it's an "eventually" getting started things may change in that time.

Also I'm unsure of where you are in FL but south of I-4 tends to be harder to get hired as there's less loads down that way.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

LDRSHIP's Comment
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“Move” to TN. It is a no income tax state as well. LoL

Ashley M.'s Comment
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Thank you for the reply! I’m not south of I4 but it’s close to me, I’m in what you would consider central Florida. Yes the “eventually” could be any day now or in a few months. I’m just trying to get my ducks in a row. Of course Illinois would have to be different. If that’s the case I might just move to MO or TN and rent a room somwhere in order to change my address. I appreciate all your help.

That would likely work as long as you fit their other hiring criteria. I see you mentioned Illinois, one thing worth mentioning is Illinois will require you to retest in there state for a CDL. Prime (and other companies) will license you in their state and then you can transfer it to your state of residence. Illinois however doesn't allow that. Whether you just obtained your CDL in Missouri or you've been driving 30 years and move there the state of Illinois will require you to retest. There's no way of knowing how long the hiring freeze down there will last however if it's an "eventually" getting started things may change in that time.

Also I'm unsure of where you are in FL but south of I-4 tends to be harder to get hired as there's less loads down that way.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Auggie69's Comment
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Hello all, I’ve been looking around on this forum for quite awhile now as I want to eventually become an OTR driver. I have no kids, spouse, or really any major responsibilities, only my dog which is why I’m leaning towards Prime for training. My question is I know they have a hiring freeze on Florida right now but what if I was to “move” to a relative in Illinois or even rent a place temporarily in another state? I don’t need my home time here in Florida I just live here now because most of my family is here and it’s warm/no state tax.

I moved from Florida to Maryland to drive. I pay Maryland about $4,000 a year for the PRIVILEGE of living here whereas in Florida I paid nothing.

Quality of life and cost of living was much better in FL.

Choose your new state wisely.

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.

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.

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