Lost License To Child Support Will This Be An Issue To Get Hired

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Jason H.'s Comment
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lost license due to child support got them back last week . is this an issue for getting hired if accepted to the school im attending

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Unfortunately that is definitely going to be a major issue. Trucking companies are very sensitive about recent suspensions (in the past 3 years). You're obviously going to need that license to make a living and companies want to know they can count on people to take care of that CDL license. Some companies have a policy where they won't hire anyone with a recent suspension, others will hopefully let it slide.

If you're considering attending a private truck driving school you're definitely going to want to get pre-hires before committing to the school. We have an excellent article on Understanding The Pre-Hire Process so read through that so you understand what it is in case you don't already.

But you're going to want to get at least 3 pre-hires before committing to school. A lot of schools will accept you, but getting your CDL doesn't mean you're going to land a job. So you can use the pre-hire process to insure you don't spend a bunch of time and money at school for nothing.

The length of the suspension will also be taken into account. If it was just a very short period of time, that's not quite as bad. If it was several months or more that's going to be that much more difficult to overcome I'm afraid.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Chris aka Shep's Comment
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Hey Jason, I can attest that a suspension will hurt you and haunt you if your trying to get a job trucking. At the company I'm going to training at you have to have 12 months with a valid license with no suspensions to be considered for hire and I'm sure it's similar at other companies. My license got suspended a couple years ago for failure to pay a ticket. I took care of it as soon as I found out but unfortunately I was pulled over by a cop and found out the hard way. Even though he didn't take me to jail he gave me a couple more tickets on top of it. They grilled me several times about my suspension and I had to explain it thoroughly to several different people but they gave me a shot. I have to be very careful though because I'm at the limit of tickets I can have on my record without getting into trouble with the company.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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The suspension itself will probably be an issue, since a lot of companies have policies requiring no license suspensions. The why behind it might also end up being an issue, as they might look at it as a measure of personal responsibility.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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The suspension itself will probably be an issue, since a lot of companies have policies requiring no license suspensions. The why behind it might also end up being an issue, as they might look at it as a measure of personal responsibility.

Not only that but what happens if child support is not taken care of again and results in another suspension? I am sure you have learned your lesson but companies are going to think like this.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Wait, WHAT??? wtf.gif The court can SUSPEND your license for not paying child support?? That is F(*&ed UP...I guess I been out of the loop for too long...I mean, when last I checked, the courts( in La, at least) could dock your pay or failing that lock you up, which I always thought was a bit counter productive, but suspend your license??? That kind've defeats your means to make a living and pay your child support...Wow...just stunned...

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Wait, WHAT??? wtf.gif The court can SUSPEND your license for not paying child support?? That is F(*&ed UP...I guess I been out of the loop for too long...I mean, when last I checked, the courts( in La, at least) could dock your pay or failing that lock you up, which I always thought was a bit counter productive, but suspend your license??? That kind've defeats your means to make a living and pay your child support...Wow...just stunned...

Actually its not as bad as it sounds. They can suspend your license and keep you from driving under normal conditions but you can get a driving permit that only allows you to drive back and forth from work and to the store to get food and take care of things that you have to do to live but the trip to a friends house just cause you want to is out of the question.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The court can SUSPEND your license for not paying child support??

Oh heck yeah. They've been doing that for several years now.

Starcar's Comment
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I was working for the Dept. of Justice when that law was passed...I went to WA DC to lobby for it. And my state was the one chosen to do the pilot project with it. And I'm glad I did, because it isn't just DRIVERS licenses that they can take. They can take your pilots license, Medical license, ANY business license...yup in all the states, they will take them, if you don't feel you want to support your children. I was an agent, and the most fun I've ever had was doing "till Taps" at midnight on a Saturday night in a bar who's owner didn't want to support his kids. I've taken airplanes, jet boats, limo's, rock crawlers, horse trailers, horses and cows. If it could be sold for $$$$$ I would confiscate it. So if you think you can out run your parental duties by going OTR , you are wrong. All employers are required by federal law to give all new employees information to the state....who will pass it on to all other states. You can out run your responsibilities, but you can't outrun Microsoft.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lewis C.'s Comment
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It also hurts those who just got out of the military, have no money, and begin drowning in arrears. Then license gets suspended...sigh. I'm sure no one thought of that though...rolls eyes...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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