Is There Any Paid CDL Companies That Don't Require You To Have A Regular Driver's License For A Year?

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Harris G.'s Comment
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Hello all! I'm wanting to get started in a career with trucking, but I'm noticing a lot of companies require you to have had a regular license for a year or two. I'm currently studying for my CLP , but I've only had my driver's license for a year. I'm from the south and never really have had a reason to get a license until I stopped commuting to work. I'm over 21 so I'm a bit late on getting my driver's license haha.

Applied to a few companies and got turned down due to not having my license for a year. Really bumming me out and I'm not wanting to spend too much longer at the job I'm at now. Thank you for any responses.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Rick S.'s Comment
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If you've never had a license before, then yes - 99% of companies are going to want to see at least a year of "regular licensed driving" (so you at least know how the road works), before putting you behind the wheel. At least to know the mechanics of how to get a vehicle down the road, road signs, etc.

It's a sad truth, but there you have it.

Rick

Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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The year of driving doesn't have to be the past year? I had a valid US driving license for over 20 years, but it expired 4 years ago after I moved overseas. I was wondering if I would have to re-establish one year of recent driving experience if I moved back to the US.

Army 's Comment
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Good Morning

I am a bit confused. Your title says you are looking for a company that does not require you to have had a drivers license for a year, you say you are studying for your CLP , and that you have had your license for year. Then you say you have been turned down by a few companies for not having your license for a year. All a bit confusing.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

midnight fox's Comment
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The year of driving doesn't have to be the past year? I had a valid US driving license for over 20 years, but it expired 4 years ago after I moved overseas. I was wondering if I would have to re-establish one year of recent driving experience if I moved back to the US.

It depends on the company. Swift, Roehl, Maverick, and CR England told me (my licensed expired while overseas as well) that it wouldn't be a problem, Swift only needing to see proof that I had been licensed for at least one year at one point, CR England saying as long as I could get my CDL in my state they had no additional requirements, etc. etc. Many companies though want to see that you've held the regular license for the past three years or for two of the past three years. This requirement could relate more to situations where someone had their license suspended; I'm personally planning to apply everywhere when I make it back and see what they say about it when it comes up.

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.
Harris G.'s Comment
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Good Morning

I am a bit confused. Your title says you are looking for a company that does not require you to have had a drivers license for a year, you say you are studying for your CLP , and that you have had your license for year. Then you say you have been turned down by a few companies for not having your license for a year. All a bit confusing.

I'm sorry about that, that's what I get for typing up a post right when I get off work and before bed! I've only had my driving license for 6 months.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

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