Can I Still Get On At A Training Program With Sr22

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Jake H.'s Comment
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I recently got my license back but require an SR-22 insurance. I have already gotten the SR22 policy and I'm in compliance as far as my license goes in the state of Texas. It was for a no insurance ticket in 2017. My license has only been suspended since August of last year but just got it back. Will the SR-22 insurance keep me from being able to go to a company training program such as CRST?

Old School's Comment
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Hello Jake, and welcome to our forum!

You have a problem that is going to cause you to have a few rejections, but it's not your SR22. The reason for your SR22 is where the problem lies. Your license has been suspended. Every trucking application I have ever seen asks the question, "Have you ever had a suspended license?" Then they want an explanation and the dates that it was suspended. Don't worry about that SR22. It is something you will need to maintain so your license doesn't get revoked again, but it doesn't affect your employer's ability to insure you in anyway.

A truck driver's license is something that has to be protected. Most of these trucking companies are interested in seeing how you have taken care of that license in the past. The last thing they need is for you to let your CDL get suspended. You might live in Florida, but be in Minnesota when they find out you have not taken care of protecting your license. What can they do? They can't allow you to drive their truck. It is a disaster if something like that happens. They don't want to see it happening, and they are likely to pass on someone who has had a recent license suspension.

There is some good news though. I have seen where the demand for drivers will cause some of these companies to overlook a suspension that was based on "no insurance." Sometimes folks just get in a bind and can't pay their bills. Hopefully that was your issue. You may get by with that.

I will give you this advice. Don't waste your money on private truck driving school. It is possible you may spend your life savings getting a CDL, and then still not be able to get a job. What you want to do is go through a Paid CDL Training Program. The companies you will find in that link will train you, provide transportation to their facility, and they will feed and house you while you are there. They will also guarantee you a job upon successful completion of their training. You must make a commitment to work for them for one year, but that is the simplest part of the whole deal. You will need to get in a year of safe driving anyway to help establish your career.

You should look into the companies in that link I sent you. That is where you need to start at this point. You can also Apply For Paid CDL Training at this link. You will be asked about that suspension, but just answer the questions honestly. Always answer everything honestly. That is one other thing that will get you kicked right from the curb. This is a job that requires a lot of responsibility. Everyone is going to expect you to be responsible and honest. Anything less will doom your trucking career.

Good luck man, and stay in touch with us. We are happy to help you with any questions that you come up with.

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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.
Jake H.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for your information. That does give me a little hope. CRST told me that they would hire me anyways even with a recent suspension but they said that I may have to finish my SR22. I'm waiting to hear from my recruiter on Monday. I pray that all goes well because I'm ready to start this career.

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