I'm 52, A Felon, And Currently In A CDL Training School

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Donald S.'s Comment
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Hi everyone! I recently got into a cdl training school and have obtained my permit to begin the driving portion of the course. My question is, who may be the better companies that may be willing to give me a chance? My conviction is over 8 yrs old, although I do have a handful of months remaining on my parole. My PO is cool with the driving and he even encouraged me to get my cdl. I'm just not sure if there are many companies out there that would be willing to hire me considering the fact that I still have a few months of parole left.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Hey Don, not to worry.

Companies That Will Hire Felons

You have your permit. Do you already have a CDL school lined up? If not, combine the above list with

Paid CDL Training Programs

More reading for you:

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jammer a's Comment
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Over 8 yrs old and your still on parol ? You just get out ?? Thereโ€™s companies that will give you a shot after you been out awhile Frey Miller has a program they do to help parolees integrate back into society with a trading to drive otr I here hope this helps

Hi everyone! I recently got into a cdl training school and have obtained my permit to begin the driving portion of the course. My question is, who may be the better companies that may be willing to give me a chance? My conviction is over 8 yrs old, although I do have a handful of months remaining on my parole. My PO is cool with the driving and he even encouraged me to get my cdl. I'm just not sure if there are many companies out there that would be willing to hire me considering the fact that I still have a few months of parole left.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy, Donald & welcome~! Errol and Jammer pretty much covered it; please DO read the links that Errol included in his reply. So much information there! Check out CFI, as well as Freymiller . . after you check Errol's links, tho!

With 8 years 'down,' I'd go full monty, and apply here. A few of these companies that your application will go to ARE in fact, in a position to train you.

Whad'ya got to lose ?!?! . Apply For Paid CDL Training Paid FOR, and some even paid DURING. It sure doesn't hurt to ask!

Thanks for joining us up in here, at Trucking Truth. The mods and vets will always be available for help, along the way!

Congrats & best wishes on a great life, in a profession that's always movin' !

~ Anne ~

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Like what was said above, CFI judges each applicant on a case by case basis.

Your best bet is to wait until you finish with parole, then find a company with Paid CDL Training Programs that will take you. While that list is outdated and incomplete, there is some good info there. These companies have a vested interest in your success.

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.
Donald S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the input guys! I have found a school. In fact I am thru the first week already and am due to graduate on Apr 20. I also already have DOT physical card. I have been out of prison for nearly 3 yrs now and should be finished by the end of the year.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I really hope you researched your school ahead of time to ensure it's accredited?

Carriers are looking for at least 160 hours of total training time of classroom and road training behind the wheel.

Donald S.'s Comment
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Wanted to give a special thanks to Jammer. I've been talking with Frey Miller and things are looking fairly promising so far. Nothing definite, but very promising! ๐Ÿ˜

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Wanted to give a special thanks to Jammer. I've been talking with Frey Miller and things are looking fairly promising so far. Nothing definite, but very promising! ๐Ÿ˜

Jammer rocks, for sure!

Glad the REST of usn's (lol...back pat!) could help. Keep on keeping on.... you definitely CAN do this. It's super obtainable, good sir.

Best wishes;

~ Anne ~

Donald S.'s Comment
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Wanted to say THANKS to everyone for their input. I'm in my last week of training and have already accepted a job offer with Western Express. Just have to get that license and then go thru the Clearing House, which will be no problem. Again, thanks everyone!

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