Applying For CDL Training Program

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Brad's Comment
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I'm turning 64 soon and I have previous felonies. I'm pretty sure my last conviction date was right at seven years ago but I'm having trouble finding out that info online or otherwise. Some applications are very specific about how long ago my last conviction date was and some aren't but unfortunately the first training program I applied for turned me down almost immediately. Needless to say, that was pretty discouraging. Wondering now...did I miss something here? I mean, everything I've been researching was giving me the idea that my chances were fairly good for being accepted into a company sponsored CDL training program. Any comments would be appreciated. Sincerely, Bummed out in NC


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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Freight is slow nationwide so companies have become far more picky in who they hire right now. Plus Yellow Freight closed down putting 30k experienced drivers on the market.

All you can do is apply at every company and hope someone bites.

I'd try Western Express, CR England or Dutch Maid they tend to be the most forgiving.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Conviction date and sentence completion date are different and different companies have various policies. At Prime it is 10 years from the sentence completion, not the conviction.

But as stated, freight is bad right now.

PJ's Comment
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All you can do is apply at all companies offering training and see who is willing to accept you.

Company policy varies greatly regarding your situation.

Many training companies have slowed with the poor freight times. Anyone willing to accept you will be a blessing.

Wish you the best.

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