Alaska CDL

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Nat B.'s Comment
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Hi, my name is Nat and I have questions. 1st is I came down from alaska and am having troubles getting on with one of the training type's of company's, ie., Swift, werner, prime, and schneider. So, they are telling me they don't accept driver's with Alaska licenses. Any advice would be helpful. 2nd I had made sure to get my learners permit and I made sure my physical was up to date before leaving. So why are they not wanting any drivers from alaska?

PackRat's Comment
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Not a lot of freight going to or from Alaska. The Lower 48 states are where the majority of the population is located, thus that's where everyone is focused business wise.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hi Nat,

When I started with Schneider about 3 years ago, they were actively recruiting from Alaska. One of the students in my training class was from Alaska. Recently I heard that Schneider is making a big push into Canada. They are planning to have one big operating center in each province in Canada. So it would seem odd that they would turn you away because you are from Alaska. Maybe a few more phone calls to recruiting might get better results. Good luck!

Stevo Reno's Comment
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If you moved down here to lower 48, I'd think ya transfer to what ever state ur living in now?

Nat B.'s Comment
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Thank you, Anne A. I learned that after I posted the 1st time. I've since added Alaskian needs advice. Also to Stevo Reno thank you also. The training companies want me to change to a lower 48 state, all besides Alaska, parts of New York, parts of Florida, South Dakota, and some training companies don't except drivers with Washington state licenses. I really don't want to give up my Alaska residency. I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on another way to go about this. I just want to work in the lower 48 as an O.T.R. driver and if I get the chance to drive through Canada it's a plus. I already have a C.D.L.-B with a learners permit and a current physical card. I just have to get advice on how to get bumped to a C.D.L.-A without giving up my Alaskian driver's license. I wanted a learning company like Swift, Werner, Schneider or such to pick me up so all i'd have to do was give them a year of my life to pay them back for the training.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thank you, Anne A. I learned that after I posted the 1st time. I've since added Alaskian needs advice. Also to Stevo Reno thank you also. The training companies want me to change to a lower 48 state, all besides Alaska, parts of New York, parts of Florida, South Dakota, and some training companies don't except drivers with Washington state licenses. I really don't want to give up my Alaska residency. I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on another way to go about this. I just want to work in the lower 48 as an O.T.R. driver and if I get the chance to drive through Canada it's a plus. I already have a C.D.L.-B with a learners permit and a current physical card. I just have to get advice on how to get bumped to a C.D.L.-A without giving up my Alaskian driver's license. I wanted a learning company like Swift, Werner, Schneider or such to pick me up so all i'd have to do was give them a year of my life to pay them back for the training.

You're welcome, man. I sure DID hit up our Alaska guy... I'll try again.

I kinda understand you... It's odd that they WOULDN'T. HAY ....

HAVE YOU TRIED BISON ?????

I LOVE THAT PLACE!

Until the LTL Alaska guy arrives *might be soonish!*

~ Anne ~

ps: HERE YA GO; reach OUT to him.... if you choose to. David W. and Doubles in Alaska!

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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.

Clifford T.'s Comment
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The Lower 48 states are where the majority of the population is located, thus that's where everyone is focused business wise.

PackRat's Comment
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The Lower 48 states are where the majority of the population is located, thus that's where everyone is focused business wise.

Great first post, Clifford!

Word for word what I wrote yesterday.

midnight fox's Comment
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I really don't want to give up my Alaska residency.

I believe it's possible to maintain residency in more than one state, just that you can't have more than one driver's license. I think a tax accountant would be who you talk to to get more info on how that works; usually it's to be avoided because you can end up paying two states' income tax, but if I remember right Alaska doesn't have any.

David W.'s Comment
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It’s cause he might lose his pfd if he surrendered his Alaska residency

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I really don't want to give up my Alaska residency.

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I believe it's possible to maintain residency in more than one state, just that you can't have more than one driver's license. I think a tax accountant would be who you talk to to get more info on how that works; usually it's to be avoided because you can end up paying two states' income tax, but if I remember right Alaska doesn't have any.

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