Will Anyone Hire Me Without Having My License Valid For A Year?

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JaMez W.'s Comment
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Wats up guys need a little help. I’ve got a situation going with trucking schools. So here’s the deal. I have my cdl permit and drivers license they only thing is that I’ve only had my drivers license valid for 2 weeks are there any companies out there you know of that can help me? Or is my best option CDL school?

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Neither, you need to have a regular license for at least a year before companies will even look at you.

If any CDL school will even admit you do not bother you'll waste your time and money.

Keep your license spotless for a year and then apply for company sponsored training that will be your best option.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site, JaMez! This is THE place for accurate, honest answers and discussion.

Just like Bobcat Bob advised you, nobody will hire you with such a recent license status, mainly due to insurance liability. Best bet is to guard that license status for it is your gateway to upgrading to a CDL in the future.

I'm curious as to why you're license is so recent? Is this an actual first-time drivers license, or did you lose it previously?

Welcome aboard!

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.
Jamie's Comment
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Although a lot of companies require people to have their licenses for a year for insurance reasons, I knew someone who got accepted at Schneider for paid training(sponsored schooling and training since Schneider doesn't have their own school) while only having their license for a month before being accepted. So it's not impossible, and I would recommend looking into Schneider and possibly applying there.

JaMez W.'s Comment
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Do you know what school he went to?

Although a lot of companies require people to have their licenses for a year for insurance reasons, I knew someone who got accepted at Schneider for paid training(sponsored schooling and training since Schneider doesn't have their own school) while only having their license for a month before being accepted. So it's not impossible, and I would recommend looking into Schneider and possibly applying there.

JaMez W.'s Comment
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I lost it due to suspensions. It’s gotta be 1 company that isn’t as strict on this policy as everyone else, just have to find em,

Welcome to the Trucking Truth site, JaMez! This is THE place for accurate, honest answers and discussion.

Just like Bobcat Bob advised you, nobody will hire you with such a recent license status, mainly due to insurance liability. Best bet is to guard that license status for it is your gateway to upgrading to a CDL in the future.

I'm curious as to why you're license is so recent? Is this an actual first-time drivers license, or did you lose it previously?

Welcome aboard!

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.
Old School's Comment
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I lost it due to suspensions.

You may have a bigger problem than you realize. What was the reason for the suspension?

As a potential candidate for trucking, your history of protecting your license is a critical piece of information about you. Truckers who lose their license lose their ability to contribute any productivity to their employer. They lose their job. You will have to submit a thorough driving record during the application process. The reason for your suspension will be discovered. Is it going to incriminate you further?

There's no reason for you to rush into truck driving school if you can't get a job afterwards. Some trucking schools are happy to take your money, but even if you get a CDL it might be worthless. Why waste that time and money? Your best bet is Paid CDL Training Programs. If none of them will take you then you don't want to waste the money you'll spend for a private school. The reason they won't take you is also the reason you'll have such trouble landing a job.

Your best approach is to prove your ability to keep that license current. Do that for a year or two and get the reason for the suspension a good distance behind you. That's the best way to deal with your situation.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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