How Long Can I Delay Getting A Job As A Truck Driver After Getting License?

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JJ's Comment
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first off i was so excited to get started driving truck for a living. I know the question sounds strange. Heres my situation i just passed my cdl test and am a CDL holder . I am currently working on finishing my 180 hours to graduate with a certificate from school. Im close maybe 20-30 hours i was planning to finish in 2 weeks and hopefully have a line on a Job by then as well. i currently work so also need to give two weeks notice . A problem has risen that i need to take care of at home which might take 2 or 3 weeks to finish before i can go on the road. this will put me about 2 months out before i can hopefully be on the road with my new career. I am worried that to much time will pass in between school and a Job and they will want me to do a refresher course which is more money i dont have.. Am i worried for nothing or do I need to make a choice here ? any thought would be apprieciated. Thanks in advance.


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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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You want to get yourself on the road as soon as possible. But I don't think 2 months will do too much damage. I don't see a company giving you a refresher course, but they will probably extend your training for a bit. For example, instead of 4 weeks of training you'll do 6 weeks.

Chad C.'s Comment
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Daniel is right, it won't hurt you. Companies would prefer that you get started immediately but I've seen some companies that except drivers that have been inactive for 6 months. You'll have an orientation/probation period with any new company anyway. Like Daniel said they may extend yours a week or two, either way you'll still be getting paid.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Once you get a list of the top companies that interest you I would contact a few of them to find out their requirements. I have heard of companies that don't allow more than 30 days to pass in between graduation and your hire date. Overall you won't have trouble finding a job as long as you're within a couple of months. But I wouldn't want to push it past that too much.

JJ's Comment
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Daniel and Chad you reinforced my thoughts on only two months probably being ok (I hope your right ). I did not think about the training being extended but i can live with that i guess. Brett thats a good idea better to find out for sure , i will add that to my list of questions for sure. I just applied to prime and plan on applying to Schnieder and Melton , still considering May and Knight and looking to find two more to apply too. hopefully one of those companys will hire me. Thank you for your thoughts and advise.thank-you.gif


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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