I Am A Convicted Felon, Can I Become A Truck Driver?

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Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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Lance, I know that Prime and Swift(who I'm currently with) will take you for school. Now it does depend on type of felony. But if those felonies aren't drug related then based on time since those convictions you should be good to go. I had 2 Class D Felonies theft by check deception charges in 2007, and Swift didn't even go back that far on my background. I put it on my application just incase, but they had to do a special background check just to find it, it wasn't pulled up on initial background check because they only went back 5 years. Prime is same way. They will likely have you go before Investigations Department and they will contact you and ask you questions about those convictions and then they will put you in front of Investigations Supervisor for final review an approval, but as long as they aren't drug felonies, or serious violent felonies your good to go bud. The thing to do is be completely honest with your recruiter, because he/she can get you approved if your up front and honest with them, but just don't hide something and have them find it out when your at school, because that's a no-no, then you have to spend money of your home to get sent home. So contact Swift........ and/or prime lol, they are your best bets. Oh if you choose Prime they require you to be able to obtain your HAZMAT and TWIC card because they run Canada.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

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.

Papa7's Comment
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Hello Everyone. I am a former Marine, and a former Trucker/Owner Operator. I have a felony that's approx. 9 yrs old from California. I now live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be getting my class C . I want to get back into Trucking, but don't know where to start. I hear that CR England will take me on if the felony is 10 yrs old. Does anyone know if there are any other companies in the Vegas area that'll hire/train someone in my circumstance? Thanks

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Jarod(Red)'s Comment
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Hello Everyone. I am a former Marine, and a former Trucker/Owner Operator. I have a felony that's approx. 9 yrs old from California. I now live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be getting my class C . I want to get back into Trucking, but don't know where to start. I hear that CR England will take me on if the felony is 10 yrs old. Does anyone know if there are any other companies in the Vegas area that'll hire/train someone in my circumstance? Thanks

Theres quite a few depending on your felony, Swift, Prime, USA, Werner to name some. Your felony is old enough that it wont be much of an issue as long as its not drug felony, or violence felony.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Crst and they pay for everything up front so no out of pocket except for food and whatever else you need

Angel S.'s Comment
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Hey, Scott I was wondering have you ever heard of someone with a aggravated assault & person not to possesss firearms obtaining a job in the trucking industry? I'm getting ready to go to trucking school & pay myself because I can't get sponsored. My conviction is 5 years old

Lance I was in the same boat you are in a couple months ago. I've been around and around with most of the big carriers recruiting depts and some of their driver review boards. (A lot of recruiters will tell you to contact a driver review board, I have my doubts about their existence) The big factors here are length of time and the specific felony. Even with a trafficking charge you can still find work. I'm living proof. Just be persistent and 100% honest on the apps. I the record is there, they WILL find it.

DJ's Comment
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Hi Old School

I have a specific question about companies hiring Delong’s, but I can’t figure out how to message you privately

I’ll keep looking to try and figure it out

Thanks

Lance, Welcome to the forum!

As you are frustratingly aware, the hurdle of a felony conviction is a tough one to get past. Most trucking companies require ten years to go by from the end of the adjudication of your conviction. Some only require five years, and still some others will consider convicted felons on a case by case basis. You are going to have to do some research and see what you can come up with. I would try googling "trucking companies that will hire convicted felons" and see what you can come up with.

I remember one company that will sometimes give a second chance to someone is "Carolina Cargo", and I think Western Express will sometimes overlook some criminal behaviors. It may very well depend on what type of crimes you were involved in.

You didn't really say if you have a CDL , but it will be very difficult for you to get into a Company-Sponsored Training program if you are needing to get licensed. Your other option would be private school, but you will need to be confident you've found someone who will hire you before you lay out the expense for private schooling.

I wish you the best Lance, and would really appreciate it if you would let us know how things develop for you. This is a problem we see people coming in here and asking about a lot, and anything you could find out that would possibly help us to help the next person with a similar question is always appreciated.

Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies

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.

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.

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G-Town's Comment
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I have a specific question about companies hiring Delong’s, but I can’t figure out how to message you privately

We do not have private messaging.

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DJ's Comment
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Ahh ok

Thanks G Town

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I have a specific question about companies hiring Delong’s, but I can’t figure out how to message you privately

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We do not have private messaging.

Delo:

Delo products are designed for on- and off-road applications ranging from bus and truck transportation to construction, mining, agriculture, and power generation.

Across industries, Delo's premium lubricants deliver world class protection, performance, and maximum operational reliability in a wide range of operating conditions

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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What a difference most of a decade makes.

1. At the Federal level the following convictions will bar you from obtaining a CDL:

Using a commercial vehicle in the commission of a felony

Manslaughter in the first or second degree with a motor vehicle

Misconduct with a motor vehicle

Causing a fatality through negligent/reckless vehicle operation

Operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08% or higher

Extortion

Bribery

Smuggling

Arson

Treason

Assault with intent to murder

Check with your local DMV since some states also have other felonies they will not issue a CDL for.

2. Carolina Cargo is no longer a second chance company.

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.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Old School

I have a specific question about companies hiring Delong’s, but I can’t figure out how to message you privately

I’ll keep looking to try and figure it out

Thanks

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Lance, Welcome to the forum!

As you are frustratingly aware, the hurdle of a felony conviction is a tough one to get past. Most trucking companies require ten years to go by from the end of the adjudication of your conviction. Some only require five years, and still some others will consider convicted felons on a case by case basis. You are going to have to do some research and see what you can come up with. I would try googling "trucking companies that will hire convicted felons" and see what you can come up with.

I remember one company that will sometimes give a second chance to someone is "Carolina Cargo", and I think Western Express will sometimes overlook some criminal behaviors. It may very well depend on what type of crimes you were involved in.

You didn't really say if you have a CDL , but it will be very difficult for you to get into a Company-Sponsored Training program if you are needing to get licensed. Your other option would be private school, but you will need to be confident you've found someone who will hire you before you lay out the expense for private schooling.

I wish you the best Lance, and would really appreciate it if you would let us know how things develop for you. This is a problem we see people coming in here and asking about a lot, and anything you could find out that would possibly help us to help the next person with a similar question is always appreciated.

Trucking Companies That Hire Drivers With Felonies

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Ahh ok

Thanks G Town

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Howdy, Drew; welcome to Trucking Truth!

True, we don't have DM/PM. Reason being; most (if not all) of what needs asked & answered is indeed beneficial to FUTURE driver hopefuls, in their plights~!

So, on that note .... Old School and G'Town are two of our MOST TENURED moderators! Either/or/both would be MORE THAN happy to help you! I sure hope you come back and post. Regarding Delong's, they aren't even currently hiring CDLA drivers. Did you realize that ? Careers with Delong's

Please continue with what you are asking about and of! So MANY great peeps here, to help, good sir.

Also, here's a list of GREAT STUFF for ya, that I am linking; simply by putting 'companies that hire felons' in the search bar. Not to mention, Pacific Pearl had some really sage info/advice in the above post, as well: Companies That Hire Felons / ALL topics/threads.

Sure hope the above helps, and encourages you to STOP BACK! :)

~ Anne ~

ps:

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.

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.

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.

Delo:

Delo products are designed for on- and off-road applications ranging from bus and truck transportation to construction, mining, agriculture, and power generation.

Across industries, Delo's premium lubricants deliver world class protection, performance, and maximum operational reliability in a wide range of operating conditions

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