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Banks's Comment
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Have you tried calling clearinghouse? They'll probably have the best information for you because it's their process.

202-366-4000

(844) 955-0207

Both are listed. I'm not sure which one will work.

Banks's Comment
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Also, don't pay for school. You're going to want company sponsored training because of his drug test. You're best bet will probably be CR England. They pay less than other companies because they're more lenient in their hiring standards. However, with some time and proving his worth, there's no reason he won't make a comfortable living there.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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Two issues - getting your permit reinstated and getting an RTD. Your permit was issued by the CA DMV while it was suspended for violating a federal rule it's still a California permit. You'll need to check with your local DMV office for what's needed.

Your issue with the Clearinghouse sounds like a glitch in their system. They want an RTD, but your husband doesn't have a CDL employer to get one from. Contact your local FMCSA field office for assistance:

501 I Street Suite 9-300 Sacramento, CA 95814-2941 Phone: (916) 930-2760 Fax: (916) 930-2778

You may find it difficult to find a company willing to offer paid training even after his SAP. As the economy winds down more people are trying to get into trucking and the companies are getting pickier about who they'll take. You know who will pay 100% for your husband's CDL training and doesn't care about his SAP? Uncle Sam, specifically a grant from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ( WIOA ).

Once he has a CDL he can look for a job:

Trucking companies that take SAP Program

SAP 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.

WIOA:

WIOA - Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (aka WIA)

Formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the WIOA was established in 1998 to prepare youth, adults and dislocated workers for entry and reentry into the workforce. WIOA training funds are designed to serve laid-off individuals, older youth and adults who are in need of training to enter or reenter the labor market. A lot of truck drivers get funding for their CDL training through WIOA.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Fm:

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Unfortunately I have no useful advice to add than what's been given but please stop back with any information you receive, and if he's able to get started somewhere. We have many people come in here with similiar issues and it would allow us to better assist them as well. We've had some members getting started claim to overcome a positive test and SAP but never divulged who gave them a chance. I personally know a driver that ironically enough was previously employed at my current employer back in the 90s and was fired for using Meth. He was able to get clean and was hired by my first employer, Performance Food Group. He was also an experienced driver and this was before the clearinghouse was a thing but they were aware of it. Downside is each terminal with PFG operates differently so what worked here may or may not work where you're located.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Ana, please contact me (contact information in profile) for some ideas.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ana, please contact me (contact information in profile) for some ideas.

Harvey, the entire point of a public forum is so we can all learn together and help each other out. If you give her the help she needs privately, no one but her will benefit from it. Please keep the conversations here in the forum so we can all work together and learn together.

Harvey C.'s Comment
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Ana, please contact me (contact information in profile) for some ideas.

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Harvey, the entire point of a public forum is so we can all learn together and help each other out. If you give her the help she needs privately, no one but her will benefit from it. Please keep the conversations here in the forum so we can all work together and learn together.

Brett, I only did this since they are about 20 miles from me and I can give some names and numbers that I don't want to post publicly.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Brett, I only did this since they are about 20 miles from me and I can give some names and numbers that I don't want to post publicly.

Ok. That makes sense.

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