Shipper asking for a copy of your license?

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  1. Mad dog logistics llc

    Mad dog logistics llc Light Load Member

    Jan 13, 2014
    Question, is it normal practice for a shipper to ask for a copy of your license when picking up a load?
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  3. toostroked

    toostroked Light Load Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
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  4. 77smartin

    77smartin Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    I dunno.
    I'm not an O/O but it was common for me at food places and breweries...also Honda takes it when delivering.
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  5. Dozerdude

    Dozerdude Bobtail Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    Really have to bite my tongue when my license is 25 doors down, I've got your stuff that you ordered and paperwork, are you #### kidding?
  6. chicknwing

    chicknwing Medium Load Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I said this in another post as well, I have no issue giving someone the information to verify I am legally able to move their freight, but that's where it stops, NOBODY is making copies of my CDL. I paid for it not them. I had a customer demand to make a digital copy of my CDL before they would let me pull my companies trailer with their freight on it. I politely told them that there was no way they were getting a digital copy of my CDL. As far as I was concerned their freight could sit at their facility until someone else came to get it. A supervisor came out of the facility to the guard shack and demanded that I give them my license and take their freight, I again refused (I was on the phone with my manager) This supervisor said I am going to call in on you, I replied I am on the phone with my manager would you like to talk to him? He stomped off yelling I will call P&G. To which I replied, I don't work for P&G. Long and some point we have to stand up for ourselves. I see no reason anyone should have a copy of my CDL which has my full name and home address on it. If they want to see it or have the number off it, fine. But with identity theft and everything else these days, their freight does not trump my right to privacy.

    Oh, BTW, my manager said that policy was BS and told me to leave their freight sitting right there and they would work with our customer service team before they sent another driver to pick up the load.
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  7. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Lots of companies are using that to thwart freight diversion. Apparently thieves are finding out where freight is going, then showing up with a truck to pick up the load to Chicago or wherever, then disappearing with the freight. Having to show a photo ID for them to keep a copy of kind of thwarts that somewhat.
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  8. h11way

    h11way Light Load Member

    Jun 3, 2012
    Don't like leaving my cdl anywhere,had one place misplace it.
    Lot's of places will not let u in without one.
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  9. Criminey Jade

    Criminey Jade Road Train Member

    Aug 16, 2013
    Not Colorado Anymore
    I've had security officers ask to see it, but they've never copied it. I notice on higher value loads, or when working with certain shippers, I need to give them a number code before they will let me pull up to the dock. I ran into that with Ford, today. I forgot and had to go get the code from the QC before I could get a dock. Then Security wanted another look inside the box before sealing the load. Side question: Has anyone ever asked to photograph your load before you could seal it?
  10. Suptrkr

    Suptrkr Light Load Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Bentonville, AR
    I have been asked for ID before and I just hand them my TWIC Card. Most of them ask what is this? I show them on the back that it is a Clearance from the federal goverment. After they speak with a supervisor they let me in.
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  11. biggare1980

    biggare1980 Medium Load Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Springfield, Ohio
    They usually do that to cover their rear in case the freight gets damaged in transit. That way the company can't come back and try to blame the shipper to get out of paying a damage claim.
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