Character references / personal references - jobs, getting into trucking school

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by web9204, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. web9204

    web9204 Bobtail Member

    Oct 11, 2019
    Did you need to provide character references / personal references as part of your application to trucking school or trucking jobs?

    I have nothing to hide and can easily pass a background check but I only know a couple of friends well enough to ask for references.
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  2. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    i wouldnt put any truck driver as a reference. but on the side note. i would see why you would have too.
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  3. TomB80

    TomB80 Bobtail Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    Bayville, NJ
    I don't remember having to do any of that, but I graduated from a trucking school a few years ago.
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  4. jmz

    jmz Medium Load Member

    Mar 9, 2018
    You don't "apply" for trucking school, you enroll. No references needed, they'll take anyone as long as you can pay and have a clean MVR and can pass a physical.

    The big OTR trucking companies operate pretty much the same way, they'll take anyone with no references needed. The places where you actually have to apply and formally interview for the job might ask for those. I had to provide them as part of my applications for US Foods and FedEx Freight, but I don't think they ever actually called any of them.
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    MYSTYKRACER Medium Load Member

    May 30, 2019
    I'm in CDL school right now and didn't need any references or anything. But I'm at a community college and not a company school, their requirements might be different.

    The biggest thing is that you will have to pass the standard DOT physical to start CDL school b/c you'll be required to have your med card to get your permit and start driving. The other thing that people sometimes seem to have trouble w/ is that when you start applying to companies they're gonna want to see 10 years of uninterrupted employment history even if you haven't been in the trucking industry. If you're younger and don't yet have 10 years of employment history I think you can stipulate to that effect but this requirement is is a DOT / DHS / post - 9/11 security thing so they tend to be pretty stringent.

    Good luck!
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  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    The North
    Nope. Didn't even need an application. Just walked in with my permit from the knowledge test and money to pay for it.
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  7. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Those names, if asked for are usually to help track you down if the company needs to track you down later to collect money later. The company isn't very interested in the opinions of strangers that you provide to them about your nature as an employee. Those names and contact info is used by Skip Tracers and often show up in your credit file as possible contacts that know where you are.
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