We Need Help Finding A Team Driving Job - One Of Us Has A Felony

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Brianna F.'s Comment
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Right now me and my bf are in CDL school.. we’re looking to do team driving, it’s just one thing that’s discouraging us from becoming truckers..

He has a criminal background from when he had drug addiction problems. Pretty much he stole a gun to pawn for drugs and did time for his felony and also got caught with counterfeit money and petty theft. So a felony and 3 misdemeanors in the past 6 years. Since then he’s completed a drug program and has verifiable work with construction companies and machinist jobs.

I have no criminal background, verifiable work. no driving record (he doesn’t either)

We were told to try covenant trucking but they denied him. Prime denied him, swift denied him, a couple recruiters came in to the school from Ohio where we live and they said they use third party background checks which may or may not deny him.

The silver lining is he’s getting his record sealed next month and we’re hoping this can open more opportunities for us but we’re unsure if CDL companies can still see his record somehow since there’s federal regulations involved. (Forgive me if this is wrong)

My question is what companies would approve him?

We heard Schneider but it’s hard to get information. We were looking into western express but the pay and reviews are concerning. TransAm was also suggested but they have the worst reviews we’ve seen so far. CRST was on our radar and Werner we were unsure about.

We just want to work, we don’t care about home time, we want a company that won’t take our money and mistreat us just because his options are limited.


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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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I drove with CRST 22 months when I started 9/2019 with them, they trained drivers then, not now. They also own a couple other companies.... 1 I see is IN Ohio, BESL transfer, a flatbed company. They'd also bought Pegasus Logistics in 2015, which from what I learned from drivers, hauled a lot of team pharma loads. CRST was not a bad place to drive for, unlike reviews say. Their main terminal is near you in Cedar Rapids,Iowa.

Hopefully, you 2 can find a place to drive sooner than later. It might be a bit tough, with the current freight market slump


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.

BK's Comment
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Hi Brianna and BF.

The old saying is that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Your weak link is the BF’s criminal record. So take any job you can with any company that will hire you. Just make sure it’s a W2 job and not a 1099 job. Your pay may not be the greatest at first, but you need a foot in the door. Don’t rely on the reviews. Beggars can’t be choosers in the current job market. So apply to all the major companies and see who will give you a chance.


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.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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In Ohio, PAM Transport and Dutch Maid Logistics are two companies that may be willing to work with the background issue. Fill out applications and then contact them via phone to follow up.

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