Step 3) Apply to trucking companies now, not later!
The need for truck drivers in the United States is overwhelming to say the least. There are openings in nearly every trucking company out their. Because of the truck driver shortage most companies will be chomping at the bit to hire a new driver and make the process as easy as possible. You can, and we highly suggest that you apply and talk to as many trucking companies as possible.
Call them, email them or whatever and explain your circumstances clearly and honestly. Ask them if it is possible they would be able to hire you if you obtain your CDL. DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT lie about your criminal past. By law every trucking company has to fully investigate your past and I promise they will find out everything about you. If you lie they will not be able to hire you, period!
If it sounds like you have a chance of them hiring you then fill out an application. Yes you can apply even though you do not have your CDL yet.