So Many Documents For DOT And CDL School...where To Start?

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Driv3InSight's Comment
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Hello,

I was wondering if anyone has experience with

1) Doctors Medical Opinion Release letters regarding past mental health history, and/or

2) Notarized or non-notarized letters from friends, others that state whereabouts during unemployment, multiple jobs, etc.

I am really hoping to get on with Millis Transfer, and if not then my second choice would be Prime. They both have locations easily accessible for training, pet policy for my cat once solo, etc. that fit in with what I need.

Long story short, the main thing I am trying to figure out what forms to provide for, is past mental health history. Through several mis-diagnoses, a hospital stay in an institution in 2021 for a week at the end of May to early June, there is a lot to account for. I have held a job for 6 months since October of last year, do not take medication past general OTC for pain, sleep, vitamins etc. and current psychiatrist thinks past meds may have caused a lot of the issues I have had.

I have a clean background, good driving records (I have also been doing non-CDL delivery driving as well here and there for the past 6 years in between jobs) and can pass any drug test given as well as random tests. I have not recently been on any medication for mental health other than for anxiety (Guanfacine for social anxiety at work) but those are not going to be refilled as I feel like I need to clear my system of past meds and do not have enough of a need for them.

My question is, what documents and supporting evidence is needed to bring to DOT physical?

What about other documents to support work history and any gaps? (Homeless 2x before and a few other gaps) For this, I am currently just trying to get letters and contact info from friends or others who knew my activities during unemployment, homelessness, etc.

Thank 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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Travis's Comment
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As far as mental health goes I noted it as "ever had anxiety, depression etc" and made a note about it. The examining person (I think it was a PA) asked about it, asked if I was still on meds or had issues and that was it.

I've been off meds a good while though so they may be different with you. They certainly didn't ask me to wait while they requested old records or anything.

I'm paying my own school so haven't had to deal with the PITA part about "explain muh employment gap" yet. I should probably go ahead and get people to write statements or affidavits or whatever TF these companies are gonna want though so I have it on hand. You'd think a background check they perform plus whatever TWIC check is done would be sufficient to prove you weren't up to nefarious deeds🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Driv3InSight's Comment
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I'm paying my own school so haven't had to deal with the PITA part about "explain muh employment gap" yet. I should probably go ahead and get people to write statements or affidavits or whatever TF these companies are gonna want though so I have it on hand. You'd think a background check they perform plus whatever TWIC check is done would be sufficient to prove you weren't up to nefarious deeds🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

Yep, I would do that option if possible and pay my own way and take my time getting my CDL. I've run into companies that don't have past employment history anymore, so I have no idea what to put there. Can't even estimate the dates for most things, either. I didn't even think about the TWIC check, but I wonder if that will help show where I was at in places that required fingerprinting like for government assistance. Hmm. I haven't done this much paperwork since high school, but I'm definitely more excited about this opportunity. I really hope they don't need notarized statements...

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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