Seeking Advice: CDL Training Opportunities With A Past Misdemeanor And Specific Testing Requirements

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Zack W.'s Comment
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Hello everyone,

I'm reaching out to the community for some guidance and hopefully, some positive direction regarding my journey into the trucking industry. I recently applied to Wilson Logistics and Prime Inc. for their paid CDL programs. Initially, things seemed promising until I was disqualified due to a Class A reckless conduct misdemeanor from early 2020, which is the only mark on my record.

Currently, I'm considering TMC but have hit a snag with them requesting W2 paperwork for a job I held in 2020. The challenge here is that this job was with a small FedEx company that has since gone out of business, making it difficult to obtain the needed documents. I've tried reaching out to the owner, but I'm not confident my emails are being received.

Additionally, I'm in search of a paid CDL training company that opts for urine testing over hair follicle testing. The reason being, I've used a Delta 8 CBD vape in the last three months. Though I haven't used it in over a month and was able to pass a urine test for a previous job during its use, I’m concerned about the sensitivity of hair follicle tests potentially jeopardizing my future in trucking over a hemp product.

Any advice on how to navigate these hurdles, or recommendations for companies that might accommodate my situation, would be immensely helpful. I’m passionate about starting my career in trucking and willing to put in the work to make it happen, but these obstacles are proving to be quite challenging.

Thank you all in advance for your help and support!


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.
Richard P.'s Comment
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That misdemeanor is a serious one for the trucking industry. Also wanting to avoid a hair sample test is another red flag. Professional driving is an industry that demands people that are good drivers, have proper attitude, patience, and solid work ethic.

I honestly don't know what to tell you other than it sounds like you have two strikes against you and that isn't good.

Zen Joker 's Comment
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Assuming you are fully disclosing (just CBD and not Cannabis/THC), shave everything and as your hair regrows, eat tons of salmon and yogurt and wash your hair or beard with your urine. Yes I know, sounds ludicrous and revoltingly gross, but the combination of foods and shampooing with uric acid will regrow your hair at twice the pace. After you have sufficient hair for sampling, get your own hair test BEFORE applying anywhere to ensure its free of CBD. Exercising and sauna will also expel CBD and cannabinoids through sweat detox.

But as has been mentioned previously, that misdemeanor may very well be a deal killer in the current job market which is over saturated with drivers.

Best of luck.


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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