Starting My Training With CRST But This Is For A Friend Of Mine

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Richard 's Comment
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Hey there just got accepted and ship out to training with CRST on the 19th for their class on the 21st and I can't be more excited about it. Yes I have read through the post and forums on here but one thing I haven't found was a question a friend of mine had. I really don't want to bother the recruiters with this, I'm sure they have other issues to deal with so I am putting this out to you guys. I have a friend that is looking to join me in the adventure of truck driving so that we can eventually get going with our own hauls and team driving together, and he is really worried about it because he has had one felony in his past (which if I remember correctly was around 4 years ago) but it was not in anyway involving vehicle or illegal drugs, not wanting to get into to much detail it is a weapons charge from when he was younger and he did serve time. He has been clean and straight since then and is no longer on parole or reporting to a PO. Honest opinion what are his chances if getting into this industry with that on his record. I told him to be honest about it and tell them when he filled out the app, just like i did about my suspension of my license years ago, I know that is not in the same league of what he did but as the saying goes Truth will Prevail.

One other question and this one is for me personally, I am a registered weapons carrier both exposed and concealed, and was wondering what the stance is on those in the trucks and how would i go about getting registered to carry across state line. Thank you guys for your time and input looking forward to seeing you out on the road ahead.

Richard "Deadpool" P.


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.


Hours Of Service

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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Never a good idea to have a gun on truck. All shippers/receivers have no weapons of any kind on their property and you drive there you just broke the law. I could give a million more examples but it's easier to say that you can not be legal everywhere all the time.

Most companies want a minimum of ten years since the felony. One or two might consider 5 years but 99.9% of companies want at least 10 years of clean living. And if that weapons charge had anything to do with commiting a crime against another person in anyway then you can just about be guarantee you he will have to wait the whole 10 years.

And last but not least if you we to drive teams with your friend then you could still not have a gun on the truck even if it was legal to because he is a felon and he can't be around firearms of any kind.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Richard 's Comment
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Totally understandable with felony thing and want planning on having my side arm with me when we drove together. I was more curious about it whenever I run solo, my current job has me in some sketchy areas sometimes that i would rather be back in Iraq at least there i had my unit with me and we watched out for each other. Plus my uncle when he drove solo as an independent had his firearm with him but it was 99% of time locked in his gun case in his sleeper. But thank you for getting back to me, still getting ready for my ship out date for school but now i know and my friend appreciates the answer thanks again.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Plus my uncle when he drove solo as an independent had his firearm with him but it was 99% of time locked in his gun case in his sleeper.

And since that is the law when transporting a weapon across statelines what good will it do to have it with you if it's locked up all the time? Might as well leave it at home.

Richard 's Comment
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I remember him saying "its just in case because you never know what will happen" but this was years ago. Thanks for the advice Guy. Be safe out there on the road.

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