Want to know if you can still pursue a career as a professional truck driver?
Many states allow felons to obtain their CDL permit. However, it will depend heavily on the specifics of the felony you committed. Whereas the answer of whether felons are eligible to obtain their CDL varies by state. You might get prohibited from getting your CDL if your felony had to do with using the commercial vehicle. If this is the case, you will either not be able to get your CDL at that time or you will have to undergo a waiting period before obtaining it. Generally, if you have a felony on your record that is not related to the use or misuse of a commercial vehicle, you should have no trouble getting your CDL, regardless of whether or not you have a felony on your record. Arkansas and Oklahoma will allow you to get your commercial drivers license and become a professional truck driver.
Another way of finding a job as a convicted felon is to find a carrier that will hire you. There are quite a few large carriers that will hire someone with a felony on their record and many of the carriers we place drivers with will hire felons. They are more than happy give people another chance to get back into the workforce.
When filling out your personal information about your past, what is most important is that you can be truthful with the company. Don’t embellish the truth or make up white lies, especially if you had a felony in your past. Being open and honest is not only the right thing to do, it shows companies that you own up to the past and take ownership of your actions. Employers like to hire people who are open and honest..
We at CDL Academy will assist you in getting employed as a truck driver, even if you have a felony on your record.