DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis Or Hair Follicle?

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Old School's Comment
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To just say NO to a new driver because of a test gone wrong and stop a possible career is stupid.

Mike, we leave our swords at the door in here, we are not gonna condemn you, in fact we just want to help anyone that wants to make a start at this have the insight and understanding of what it takes to succeed when trying to get a trucking career started. If I understood your post correctly, you are doing everything you can to make sure you test clean. Just a word to the wise, and this is not only for you, but also for others who may stumble across this later on: Don't count on getting a second chance on that drug test. If you test positive, it will show up in the database that truck driving companies use for a long time. It will be very tough to get past it. You might think it is stupid, and you are entitled to that opinion, but it doesn't change a thing as far as the way they look at it. Make sure you are clean before you take that test! I've seen it first hand too many times, and it's very frustrating when we try and help people understand just how this stuff works and they are convinced they can beat the system.

It sounds as though you are planning on giving up smoking weed, but if you think that you might want to start back after clearing this first hurdle it's a bad plan as far as keeping your new career going. When you agree to be a commercial driver you are also agreeing to being willing to be tested at random. And in this industry if you refuse a random test, they mark it down as a failed drug test and you are history at that point. That's the cold hard facts. I just want you to know the facts so that you can know how to conduct yourself.

Good luck man! I hope you have many enjoyable journeys across our nations highways and byways!

Patrico's Comment
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Good Luck, Mike! If you're willing to give it up for a career in trucking, you should be allowed every chance possible to succeed. No one judges anyone here.

-mountain girl

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Thanks Mountain Girl! I am serious and will give it my all. See you on the road.. . .

Patrico's Comment
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To just say NO to a new driver because of a test gone wrong and stop a possible career is stupid.

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Mike, we leave our swords at the door in here, we are not gonna condemn you, in fact we just want to help anyone that wants to make a start at this have the insight and understanding of what it takes to succeed when trying to get a trucking career started. If I understood your post correctly, you are doing everything you can to make sure you test clean. Just a word to the wise, and this is not only for you, but also for others who may stumble across this later on: Don't count on getting a second chance on that drug test. If you test positive, it will show up in the database that truck driving companies use for a long time. It will be very tough to get past it. You might think it is stupid, and you are entitled to that opinion, but it doesn't change a thing as far as the way they look at it. Make sure you are clean before you take that test! I've seen it first hand too many times, and it's very frustrating when we try and help people understand just how this stuff works and they are convinced they can beat the system.

It sounds as though you are planning on giving up smoking weed, but if you think that you might want to start back after clearing this first hurdle it's a bad plan as far as keeping your new career going. When you agree to be a commercial driver you are also agreeing to being willing to be tested at random. And in this industry if you refuse a random test, they mark it down as a failed drug test and you are history at that point. That's the cold hard facts. I just want you to know the facts so that you can know how to conduct yourself.

Good luck man! I hope you have many enjoyable journeys across our nations highways and byways!

Thanks Old School. I have left that life behind. I will gladly submit any test needed for the health & and safety of others during my trucking career. I just wanted others to know that we can and do change. Before I decided on a career change I have been working for myself for a very long time. I have learned many many things about folks and dealing with the public. In a way I believe I will do well, but we never know till we get our feet wet. I figure if it were easy everyone would be doing it, and not everyone is pulling freight so it must not be easy. I'm ready for the challenge! See you on the road.. . .

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Leedoshuffler's Comment
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Just had a friend complete his initial driver training with Prime, Inc. and received his CDL. He stated that they did not do a hair follicle test on him only a Urinalysis.

So, does anyone know if the hair follicle is something they do randomly?

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.
Airport's Comment
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I'm trying to find out if western express does hair or not. Thanks in advanced

Jeff B.'s Comment
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Would like to know about millis transfer drug I've been clean over a year just still worried about testing positive

Skarbrand's Comment
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I think most companies look back 90 days, if they hair test you. If you're going to do a UA, you should be fine...after a full year.

Jeff B.'s Comment
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Ok just talk to Swift Transportation and they said they do urinalysis for new trainees but she asked if i ever did illegal drugs said no but I'm still worried she says they only do it if they think something was up am i clear do take the jump or is there anything I'm missing to think about been clean over a year just need someone thats been through this

Skarbrand's Comment
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If you've honestly been clean for a year or more, it's not going to come up on the UA. I do know they do random drug testing, so I would advise you to stay clean ;) ... but I'm sure asking your recruiter about the drug test, will most certainly get you tested, lol. I know there are far more experienced drivers on this forum to help you out, but I'm pretty sure you're safe for a clean year.

Jeff B.'s Comment
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If you've honestly been clean for a year or more, it's not going to come up on the UA. I do know they do random drug testing, so I would advise you to stay clean ;) ... but I'm sure asking your recruiter about the drug test, will most certainly get you tested, lol. I know there are far more experienced drivers on this forum to help you out, but I'm pretty sure you're safe for a clean year.

I am not going back just dont want to screw up my future ive been clean and will be i want to work hard and build my life

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