The legal requirements to get a commercial truck driving job that doesn't involve dealing with hazardous chemicals include having a class A commercial driver's license, being at least 18 years old to drive in state or at least 21 years old for interstate driving. Drivers who transport hazardous material are required to obtain special endorsements, including a Transportation Security Administration threat assessment and a knowledge test.
Various companies may have additional requirements, but generally require a GED or high school diploma, multiple years of verifiable work history, the ability to pass a drug test, and a driving record with no serious violations.
During the application process for a commercial truck driving job, companies consider an applicant's criminal record. A felony is not generally an automatic disqualification, and many companies review applicants' criminal records on a case-by-case basis. However, many companies want to see at least seven years pass after a felony conviction before considering employment.
Companies also closely review driving records. Serious violations such as a DUI, a hit-and-run conviction or an excessive speeding ticket may prevent an applicant from getting a commercial driving job. The possibility of the company overlooking the violation increases with the amount of time that passed since the incident.
Many employers are hesitant to hire applicants who haven't attended truck driving school. However, some companies pay for a student to get a commercial driver's license if the student commits to working for the company after completing training.