Can I Still Get My Cdl And Find A Job

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Donald B.'s Comment
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Hi I've been wanting to go to school to get my cdl but I got a d.u.I three years ago and I am worryed I won't be able to get a job although it was not a conviction I thought I might still have a chance I did the two years supervision and I haven't had any moving violations since April 2012 on my personal driving abstract it just shows a suspension and on the court abstract it says why but does not say conviction please and information that can help me make my mind up what be appreciated cause I can't afford to spend the money on school for a maybe

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.
TopNotchTre's Comment
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Hey Donald, no one on the internet can give you a for sure YES YOU CAN GET A JOB WITH YOUR BACKGROUND. If any person in a forum told you so, welp they don't know what they are talking about. The only reason I say this is because every company is different, and they consider all cases on a case-by-case scenario. I would normally say that with it being so recent, you going to have a tough break unless you wait another 2-5 years. However, companies are hiring like crazy all over the place. The only thing you need to do is reach out to them and talk to the recruiters. As long as you are completely upfront with all your information and do not hold back any information, they can usually tell you if they can work with you or not. I will tell you that you will not have the "pick-of-the-litter" when it comes the companies, but get some experience in, and you will see some doors open up. Now get some numbers and make some calls bud. GL!!!

6 string rhythm's Comment
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YES. You can still have a truck driving career with 1 DUI. There are some mega carriers that will hire you with 3 years removed from your DUI , lots more will hire at 5 years removed. And I don't wanna sound like you'll be limited to the mega carriers or an OTR job. Local companies will hire you with 1 DUI, usually 5 years removed. Point being, you still have a trucking career waiting for you with just 1DUI. Get another DUI, and that's a different story.

Check with each company you're interested in to see their policy on DUI.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Scott O.'s Comment
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I agree with everyone above.... I would call every company on this list Company-Sponsored Training and see what they say... Just be honest and upfront about every thing what's the worst they say....

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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