Only One Year Of Verifiable Work History In Past 3 Years... Will This Be A Problem?

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cbmcqueen's Comment
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Greetings!

I've begun my journey to becoming a truck driver about 6 months ago and have been doing a little research here and there while studying for the CLP. I was hoping I'd be in a program by now but due to covid-19, it threw a wrench into my plans. No biggie. More time to practice and research.

After doing much needed research I felt that a Paid CDL training program would be the best option with all things considered. Now that everything is starting to settle down with the corona virus, I decided to apply to my very first paid cdl program. Unfortunately, I only have 1 year of verifiable experience right now at a job that I am still currently employed at and it wasn't enough to get into that particular program. Not a big deal.

Before I start applying to other paid CDL training programs, I was hoping someone could chime in and let me know if I should work on getting my CDL on my own or to keep trying to find a Paid CDL program that is willing to work with me.

If anyone knows of any programs that would be willing to work with me or even a recruiter that I could contact, I'd greatly appreciate it!

I'm currently based out of Houston looking for an OTR position with as many miles as I can get. Not to worried about home time as I'm currently single with no kids. Just looking to work hard, prove myself, and get my career started!

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.

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.

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.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Go to the 3 bars in the upper left corner, click and go through the links. Below is a link to start with:

TT Paid CDL Training

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.
PJ's Comment
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Work history is a federal requirement all companies must adhere to. All companies have their specific guidelines to comply. Some are more willing than others to go the extra steps. I had a gap in employment when I started and all I needed was 3 notorized letters from friends or family stating what I was doing during that time period.

You can apply from this site to many companies all at once. I recommend you go to a company sponsored program. You have a job after completion.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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In what way is work history a federal requirement? I can see it being required by a company but not federal mandate. That would make no sense for the feds to care one way or the other except maybe some port security or hazmat issues but not for getting a CDL. If it is I would be curious as to where and why it would be. I know I needed to show some previous work and driving history when I was hired but t hat was only for insurance purposes.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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In what way is work history a federal requirement?

Joseph, this came about after the tragic events of 9/11. There was speculation based on internet chatter that terrorists were planning to get CDLs, get employed by fuel tanker trucking companies, and blow stuff up with them. The way they decided to deter this was to verify what new driver applicants had been doing for the last three years. Work verification was their solution.

If you'd been in Afghanistan for the last five years at a training camp, you'd be unable to produce employment verification, and would not be allowed to obtain a CDL.

That would make no sense for the feds to care one way or the other except maybe some port security or hazmat issues but not for getting a CDL.

You're thinking right, but you just didn't carry out your thoughts far enough. CDLs are the first step toward getting into hazmat and port access. They decided to take aggressive action and not even allow those first steps to be taken.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Greg M.'s Comment
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It is absolutely a federal mandate. Spelled out FMCSA 391.21

The Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires the work history of any truck driver hire to be thoroughly screened by any potential employer. ... Although trucking companies are only required to verify 3 years of records, they ask for 10 full years of employment history.

In what way is work history a federal requirement? I can see it being required by a company but not federal mandate. That would make no sense for the feds to care one way or the other except maybe some port security or hazmat issues but not for getting a CDL. If it is I would be curious as to where and why it would be. I know I needed to show some previous work and driving history when I was hired but t hat was only for insurance purposes.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Fm:

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.
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