2 Years Since Getting CDL Trying To Get On With Prime

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Sara R.'s Comment
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Hi I got my CDL about 2 years ago in Springfield, MO and drove for a couple of weeks with PAM. I started puking my guts out of the truck window with the trainer in Atlanta, got to the load and puked more in the bathroom, went to a truck stop to get medicine and was puking in the stall. Anyways I felt like crap and I don't have anything bad to say about the trainer, we got along but it was like we had trouble understanding each other, just didn't clique I guess. Well anyways I'll take most of the blame should have toughed it out or at least took a short break and got back on the horse sooner. Well my friend just graduated and got her CDL and is working for Prime which got me motivated to get back into it. Put in an online application with Prime earlier today. I haven't been keeping my physicals up but my Arkansas license is good till 2023. I'm hoping it didn't get cancelled and I have to take the CDL all over again. Hopefully I can just go get a physical and since my license still says class A i'll be good.

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.
tripletdad's Comment
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I think you’ll have to take a refresher Cdl course since you’re off likely to be considered stale. I know prime is a tough carrier to get hired with. I’m not sure how they’ll view your circumstance. Puking sucks, but it seems like PAM would have been willing to put you up in a hotel somewhere for a few days until you got better and then had a new trainer pick you up. Good luck, and definitely try. Someone will hire you, even if it’s not Prime right in the beginning.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hi. Just because your license days CDL it doesn't mean you havent been downgraded. If your med card expired you no longer are eligible to drive a CMV. Regardless Prime will indeed have you do their whole program over. Good luck

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Sara R.'s Comment
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I told her I'd try to get on with Prime so I guess all they can do is say no. I talked to some other company that said they did a six week training program. Yeah I'm sure I could have got back into it with another trainer if I had wanted to bad enough only getting back into it now because of my friend.

Rob T.'s Comment
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From the state or Arkansas

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If the med card expired more than 1 year ago, you do not have a CDL , and simply getting a new physical will not get it back. You would need to at the bare minimum go through the licensing process beginning with your permit. Most companies will require you to redo schooling due to the gap.

Even if your CDL is valid some companies will require you do school due to having a CDL for 2 years and no experience. Prime is a great choice. Many members here are extremely happy with them. If you decide to pursue this and for whatever reason Prime denies your application and you want to try elsewhere you can use this link to Apply For Paid CDL Training Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

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.
Sara R.'s Comment
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The woman at prime said she ran my application and I'm good to go they are sending an orientation packet! I told her I didn't think my CDL was good so I was going to call the DMV and find out for sure and she told me I was fine just get a DOT physical. I kind of think it will cause a problem eventually but for now I'm just going to go get my physical since I will need one either way. I can't believe she is getting me to get back in an 18 wheeler but hopefully it will help me stick with it this time.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PackRat's Comment
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Good luck Sara! I hope everything works out for you this time, too.

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Sara R.'s Comment
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Ok all I had to do update my medical I'm all the way legal now. The first doctor only gave me a 6 month medical certification for a can of worms I'm not going to open and this doctor said that was BS and gave me a 2 year certificate. I guess it lapsed last year so I maybe it hadn't been downgraded for a full year yet. Thank goodness I got it taken care of it would have been a huge pain to start all over again. Just having the CDL probably makes me a lot more attractive to trucking companies even though I still need some 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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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You probably had a 2 year card originally and with the 60 days to keep it from being downgraded, that's probably why you're ok. When did or does your physical expire? That was the important question.

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