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    Driving record

    Ok, just how far back do employers actually look on your driving record. I have not had any violations at all in 6 years, but the last one (Sept 2001) was a dandy. I was ticketed for doing like 105 in a 70 (I had a very fast car). a few years prior to that I had a 86 in a 70. Years ago I had a lead foot and had 3 suspensions, but these were in '79, '77 and '75.n the applications I have disclosed that I've had a suspensions, but just put down 1979 and leave it at that. I've only had 3 accidents, one fender bender in 1996 and two in 1973. I have assumed that none of this stuff will hurt me on getting a CDL or getting hired, but the 105 speeding has me a little concerned. Should I be worried?


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    They go back as far as your state records go unless the violations are on your DAC I wouldn't sweat it. Get a copy of your MVR, if its clean your cool.

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    I believe you're asked for a 10 year driving history.

    At the very least they will ask if your license has ever been suspended & why.

    You might try & get away with not telling them anything because you don't have a cdl yet..I think. However, they might want your private DL report for the last few years.

    If they find out about your past driving record, it's not going to be pretty. You have a bit more than a slightly checkered driving history. At least there's no DUI or drug related offenses there.

    Looking at that record tells me you may not be exactly ready for a big truck. It shows me a penchant for recklessness & an inability to learn from your mistakes.

    But..thats's just my opinion & it may not be an issue if it doesn't show up somewhere.

    Let's all just hope that you've managed to chill your driving habits & don't succumb to such stoopidity in a big truck...ever.

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    As to the penchant to be reckless and inability to learn, I would think that suspensions 30 years ago and none since would indicate that this 51 year old guy isn't exactly the same as the 22 year old that had a lead foot. The only tickets I've had in the last 20 years are those major speedings I had when I got the itch to buy a sports car and bought a BMW Z3. I sold that because it tempted me to speed. Other than testing that rocketship out, I always keep within the speed (occasionally maybe 4-5 over), use my signals, keep ample spacing (even in heavy traffic) and pay attention. I assure everyone that I would not have any temptation to drive a truck like I drive a sports car and I stopped driving those to stop the temptation. I guess some of these responses, however, indicate that some trucking companies might think that this showed some kind of penchant. I just hope they see 6 years, no vioations as having learned. As for the no DUI, DWI, reckless, well if you never take drugs, drink or smoke, you can't get those offenses. I don't, so I haven't.

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    most companies only look at your last 3-5 years.
    it's all about insurance.

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    Most motor carriers only use events within the last 3 years, many of them will tell you up front about their requirements and will ask you questions when you contact them to find out if you are qualified even before they pull your MVR or spend any mula trying to qualify you. Some states will show your history as far back as the time you first obtained your driver's license some states will not go that back.

    If the last offense was in 2001 I would not worry about it. Per DOT on the application you need to only disclose the last 3 years of accidents and motor vehicle moving violations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobC View Post
    I believe you're asked for a 10 year driving history.

    At the very least they will ask if your license has ever been suspended & why.

    You might try & get away with not telling them anything because you don't have a cdl yet..I think. However, they might want your private DL report for the last few years.

    If they find out about your past driving record, it's not going to be pretty. You have a bit more than a slightly checkered driving history. At least there's no DUI or drug related offenses there.

    Looking at that record tells me you may not be exactly ready for a big truck. It shows me a penchant for recklessness & an inability to learn from your mistakes.

    But..thats's just my opinion & it may not be an issue if it doesn't show up somewhere.

    Let's all just hope that you've managed to chill your driving habits & don't succumb to such stoopidity in a big truck...ever.
    Nope, you are required (By FEDERAL LAW) to provide a 10 year WORK HISTORY. An employer usually only looks either 3 or 7 years back on your MVR, depending on the State you reside.

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    The first thought that comes to mind is, WHAT IS THE HECK WERE YOU ON!!! Driving 105mph in a 70mph zone? That's just stupidity. And next, I'm 52yrs old and my record is spotless. Yea when I was just starting out driving Truck(hauling produce), I had my share of tickets for 5-10 over but that's behind me and I've had a clean record for over 15yrs. Hope that you've grown up alittle and have alittle more smarts than you use to!!!!!!

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    nothing to worry about,even if you live here in CA.the only real concern of a violation is a DUI if it is less than 5years old.was that speeding charged as a reckless driving-then it's the same as a DUI. if it was just speeding it will fall off your record usually in 3 years.a major offense takes 7 years and a DUI takes 10 years to come off your non-commercial record.DUI violations stay on a calfornia H-6 commercial printout for 13 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomhorn View Post
    Ok, just how far back do employers actually look on your driving record. I have not had any violations at all in 6 years, but the last one (Sept 2001) was a dandy. I was ticketed for doing like 105 in a 70 (I had a very fast car). a few years prior to that I had a 86 in a 70. Years ago I had a lead foot and had 3 suspensions, but these were in '79, '77 and '75.n the applications I have disclosed that I've had a suspensions, but just put down 1979 and leave it at that. I've only had 3 accidents, one fender bender in 1996 and two in 1973. I have assumed that none of this stuff will hurt me on getting a CDL or getting hired, but the 105 speeding has me a little concerned. Should I be worried?

    From what I understand is that Trucking companies may only go back 7 or 10 years. But they hire background checking companies (USIS). And they will check back from the time you first got your license and any criminal records you may have. That's the way I understand it. Anyone know if that's the way it really works ??

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