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.

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