Our organization, Help For Felons has put together a long list of trucking companies that hire felons. We have organized this list in accordance with how old your felony conviction must be to be considered for employment. Please remember that even though all of the companies listed below will hire felons it does not mean that they will hire everyone with a criminal background! You can also check out our main page “Truck Driving With A Felony.”
List of Trucking Companies That Hire Felons
Click on any of the below trucking companies for more information, online applications and contact information. If you are a felon seeking a truck driving job and have no previous trucking experience we highly suggest reading all the information on our “How to become a truck driver with a felony” article.
START HERE – The Best trucking companies for felons
Start here with these trucking companies. Many of these companies are not well known do to their smaller size but they are the most felon friendly without a doubt!
Britton Transport – These guys run dry vans, reefers and flatbeds. They are known for using common sense when when hiring truck drivers and will actually consider hiring you with a felony on your record.
Carolina Cargo – Perhaps the most felon friendly trucking company on earth.
Gardner – We are not 100% sure they will hire felons at this time but they were referred to us by one of our readers.
Paschall Truck Lines (PTL) – This company has given seconded chances before to many new truck drivers with felony convictions.
Con-Way – No pun intended here!
Information for felons applying to trucking companies
The trucking industry is highly regulated by both the federal government (FMCSA) and state governments. There are a lot of hoops to jump through when becoming a truck driver, particularly with a felony background. Below you will find some very helpful information that will save you time, money and frustration.
Felonies that will keep you from getting a job as a truck driver
There are some crimes that will automatically keep you from getting hired by a trucking company or even keep you from getting a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
- Any felony conviction involving a commercial vehicle
- Interstate drug trafficking
- Homicide by vehicle
- Grand theft auto (Penal Code § 487(d)(1) and (Vehicle Code § 10851)
- Reckless driving
- TWO DUI convictions WHILE having a CDL
Determining factors for truck driver employment with a felony record
- How long has it been since your sentence was fulfilled
- The type of felony you were convicted of
- How many felony convictions you have
- Company policy
Truck driving and DUI/DWI convictions
There are many trucking companies that will hire you if you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction of DUI or DWI. Often though a trucking company will require a number of years to pass since you were convicted. Most trucking companies will list their DUI policy somewhere on there website. You may also want to consult this list of companies that hire truck drivers with a DUI conviction.
Background Check Limits
It is important to understand that some states have laws regarding how far back a criminal background check can go. Here are the laws.
Twelve states do not allow any felony conviction information older than seven years to be reported.
- New Hampshire*
- New York *
- Texas *
(* exceptions based on pay/salary)
Some states will not report court cases where you were found NOT guilty: Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Alaska, California, New York and Michigan.
These states will report unlimited numbers of years back of felony convictions and also report NOT guilty verdicts: Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Tips for applying to trucking companies
- Honesty – It is extremely important to be honest on any application that you fill out. Trucking companies are required by federal and state laws to thoroughly investigate your past. Whatever you have done, they will find it. If you are caught being dishonest, stretching the truth or lying you will not be hired.
- Employment History – Trucking companies are required by law to look at your past 10 years of employment history. You will always need to account for any employment gaps over 30 days within that ten year period. Make sure that you give accurate dates of employment and the correct contact information for each past employer.
- Driving Record – Your past driving record (DMV report) will be thoroughly looked at. Consistent speeding tickets and traffic infractions will cause you problems. We suggest that get a copy of your DMV record so you know what exactly is on it. Not all violations from your past will show up on it.
- Medical Certification – All truck drivers holding a valid CDL are also required to be medically qualified on a regular basis. Health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea can cause you not to be medically fit to operate a commercial vehicle. It is best to have a DOT medical exam prior to spending any money on becoming a truck driver.
Our organization, Help For Felons has provided an excellent article about felony expungement. Laws differ in each state but it may be worth a look at. Getting a job with a felony whether as a truck driver or in another industry can be challenging to say the least. We believe that it is well worth your time to see if you can have your criminal past wiped clean or sealed.