An Important Question For ALL The Drivers

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Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Btw, I have already joined a company and will be driving tanker with hazmat if that makes any difference.

So if you are getting the hazmat endorsement, doesn't that require a background investigation which would require you to have your green card?

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

Donald M.'s Comment
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Local police or DOT should only stop you if they have probable cause for something.

They can ask for your green card all they want. However, you have the RIGHT to politely decline their request. Your immigration status is none of their business. They are not immigration officers.

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Erm, there's the law, and then there's the practicality of being detained. A commercial truck rolling down the highway is a pile of probable cause to an officers. The sheer volume of regulations that are required to be adhered to by law for a CDL holder is amazing. One light out is sufficient for the officer to pull you over and ask for relevant identifying paperwork.

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Erm, the OP specifically asked the following question;

When you get pulled over for whatever reason, can they ask you for your green card instead of just drivers license?

My reply is valid and it IS THE LAW! Reading and comprehension is also very important for a Professional Class A CDL driver. Cole

However, the practicality of your advice is woefully short. I'm sure he's looking not to screw up his career to work a little before his green card; and I answered that need. He can certainly stand on his rights if asked and lose a few days driving or a job while they sort out why he's working without the right paper. Might only get fired.

I'm sure I'm not a lawyer, and only offer the advice from someone who has had to deal with this problem from other jobs I've had.

Be well.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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When you get pulled over for whatever reason, can they ask you for your green card instead of just drivers license?
I think what he is asking Brett is does he need his green card before he can drive.

oooooooh. I took that to mean, "Could I drive with a Green Card without needing a CDL"......my bad. Sorry about that.

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.
Zohan's Comment
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When you get pulled over for whatever reason, can they ask you for your green card instead of just drivers license?

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I think what he is asking Brett is does he need his green card before he can drive.

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oooooooh. I took that to mean, "Could I drive with a Green Card without needing a CDL"......my bad. Sorry about that.

It's ok....Brett.

I was so happy today with my day off at school and so I went out to the dmv , thinking I could get my tanker endorsement and hazmat test out of the way only to find out that I need to get my finger printing done first and then I was ok with that too. Until the big rock that hit me again. No green card no hazmat finger printing!

I'm frustrated to the point where I want to return to the cashier job I was doing before. One of the worst days of my life when I constantly get reminded that I'm an alien...who currently belong no where.

Lesson learned and going to see what my options are without hazmat.

Just wanted to share my frustration and truth so others in my situation can read this and be less disappointed.

Thanks

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.

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

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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Hang in there Benjamin.

When you look back at all these hurdles you jumped it'll make the victory that much sweeter.

Mork didn't belong anywhere either and still wound up with Mindy.....

Zohan's Comment
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Looking back 2 years ago, I was new and without a green card lol... Now I'm somewhat experienced and heck even training other new drivers.

How time passes by, Oh and by the way... I got divorced. Haha was bound to Happen with this kind of a job I guess.

Great memories!! And thanks for all the help this forums(all the truckers on here) provide to someone who has no idea what they are getting themselves Into. Keep up the good work guys.

Drive safe and make the money. Z

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Good to see you back, many times we just never know what happen to people, just hope they did well.

So how did the green card go? Did you get your CDL before your green card? Hopefully four more years and you can get your citizenship.

Bryn

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.
Zohan's Comment
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Yeah I got my CDL 6 months before my gc.

4 more years to go for passport. I think I am going to switch my career and get a job in IT field. I feel like I don't need to be working over the road any more. I'm single now and struggled enough in my life.

Maybe it's time for a 9 to 5 job and if I ever get fired or something then I have my CDL as back up.

I want to eat home cooked food every day and join a gym, exercise everyday and meet a new girl that will be my best friend for life. I can't do all of this if I'm never home. Heck I purchased a nice 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited edition and its parked in the parking lot where I pick up my truck from for the 3 weeks. I can't even enjoy my nice car. But I'm glad I became a truck driver and paid off all my debts and other things.

Just saying up for the time I'll be looking for a new job in IT.

Z

Good to see you back, many times we just never know what happen to people, just hope they did well.

So how did the green card go? Did you get your CDL before your green card? Hopefully four more years and you can get your citizenship.

Bryn

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.

Over The Road:

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Kinda ironic since Rickhas been itching to pull the trigger on truck driving and leave IT for years. What he doesn't realize is all of his excuses boil down to just being loyal to his IT customers. If he wasn't so loyal he would of closed up shop years ago and pulled the trigger.

Kat H.'s Comment
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It is my understanding that you must be in possession of a green card to work PERIOD!

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