Trucking Companies That Will Hire Felons

What New Truck Drivers Need To Know About Finding Truck Driving Jobs With Felonies:

Nearly every trucking company will have different policies regarding the hiring of felons. Some will not hire felons at all, while some will require a specific amount of time to have passed since the felony occurred.

It is absolutely essential that drivers be honest on their applications regarding their past. The trucking companies have access to vast resources to find out what they need to know about a potential employee.

Drivers with a felony will generally not be able to drive for companies that regularly service Canada, as they will usually not be allowed to cross the border.

You should expect all companies to take felonies on a case-by-case basis, with those involving drugs, theft, and/or violence making a driver particularly "less desirable".

Multiple convictions for CDL-holders for things such as leaving the scene of an accident, or driving with a revoked or suspended CDL , or multiple refusals of drug and alcohol tests, will result in a lifetime ban from getting a CDL , eligible for reinstatement after completing State-approved rehabilitation.

Any conviction of a CDL-holder for using a CMV in the commission of a felony involving manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance will disqualify a driver from holding a CDL for life, with no eligibility for reinstatement.

See Also: Offenses That Will Disqualify A CDL Driver

A longer list of offenses will permanently bar a driver from getting a hazmat CDL endorsement, due to TSA regulations. See Also: TSA Background Check and Disqualifying Factors.

Trucking Companies That Will Hire Felons:

  • Felonies need to be 5 years old.
  • Drivers must consent to a review of all felonies and other convictions that prohibit entry into Canada.
  • All convictions reviewed case-by-case.
  • Felonies must be 7 years old or more
  • Felony needs to be more than 7 years old.
  • No felony in the past 5 years (a felony will be evaluated on a case by case basis).
  • No felonies within the last 10 years.
  • No felonies within the last 10 years.
  • None recent, all reviewed.
  • Felony or misdemeanor convictions may preclude employment.
  • Felonies are taken case-by-case. Drivers convicted of rape, murder, sale/manufacture/distribution of a controlled substance, or registered sex offenders will not be considered.
    • Felony convictions within the last 5 years will generally be considered disqualifying (However, exceptions are possible for certain debt-related offenses (bounced checks, child support, etc.) and certain non-violent domestic-related issues.).
    • All felonies over 5 years will be reviewed.
    • All misdemeanor convictions within 5 years will be reviewed.
    • Applicants with an active parole or warrant for arrest will be subject to further investigation.
    • Probation with permission from Probation Officer is reviewable.
    • Patterns of behavior exhibited by criminal convictions and other sources will be of significance.
  • Conviction must be 10 years old, taken case-by-case depending on the nature of offense.
  • Every applicant is assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • Felonies must be at least 10 years old
  • No felonies in the last 10 years. Criminal felony/misdemeanor convictions evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • No specific policy, entire background is taken into consideration case-by-case.
  • Potential drivers must have NO felonies that are LESS THAN 10 years old from release date or end of probation.
  • Has to be 10 yrs ago or more and is evaluated case by case.
  • Felonies are reviewed on a case-by-case basis according to the nature and gravity of the offense or offenses, the time that has passed since the conviction and/or completion of the sentence, and the nature of the job held or sought.
  • No felonies or DUI's in the last 5 years.
  • No felonies within the past 10 years. Any other criminal convictions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • An affirmative answer to the questions regarding criminal record will not automatically result in the denial of employment. An applicant’s criminal record will be evaluated based on the job for which the applicant has applied.
  • Felonies are taken on a case-by-case basis.
  • No felonies or DUI's in the last 5 years.
  • All convictions are evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • All felonies reviewed by management.
  • Felony must be at least 10 years old, and not drug or alcohol related.
  • No current probation or parole.
  • No felony convictions in the past 7 years. No felony drug convictions or sex offender convictions.
  • Must be over 10 years old
  • 2 DUI/DWI Convictions regardless of time is a disqualification. All record of felony conviction must be reviewed by Safety
  • No felonies, drug convictions, or DUI in the past 10 years.
  • 3 years for any felonies, moving violations, & DOT violations.
  • Evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Felony theft - 10 years, DUI 5 years, Petty - 3 years. All others are case-by-case, subject to review.
  • Felonies are taken case-by-case.
  • No felonies in the last 10 years.
  • Conviction of felony offenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis with the final approval of the Safety Department. Must have 5-years of stable employment in society after incarceration.
  • Case-by-case. Work history, motor vehicle history, and criminal history as a whole.
  • Taken on a case-by-case basis, generally new drivers no felony or misdemeanor in the last 5 years, experienced drivers no felonies last 4 years, misdemeanors 3 years.
  • Felonies reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • 3-7 years, depending on offense. HAZMAT required, so TSA Disqualifying Offenses and Factors apply.
  • Felony convictions are not instant disqualifiers. All criminal (both felony and misdemeanor) history is reviewed on a case by case basis. Drivers must be hazmat eligible.


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.


Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


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.


Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Driving Under the Influence


Driving While Intoxicated


Operating While Intoxicated

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