How to Hire Drivers For CDL Jobs

by Linda Ray; Updated September 26, 2017

Whether you are working for a staffing agency that supplies truck drivers on a temporary basis or run a construction crew that hires truck drivers, you need some basic guidelines as you begin to recruit for CDL jobs. Applicants who have not received their commercial driver's license (CDL) yet should be eliminated immediately and asked to return once they have completed and passed the driver's exam. In addition, there are a number of other steps to take to ensure the safety of your operations.

Items you will need

  • DAC report
  • Driving records
  • Confirmation of CDL
  • Drug test results
  • Employment verification
  • Training certificates
Step 1

Post ads through local websites such as Craigslist, in the local paper, through area truck driving schools and the Employment Security Commission to find applicants.

Step 2

Confirm the applicant's CDL with the Division of Motor Vehicles in the state where it was issued. This is a simple verification phone call and can alleviate problems from expired or false identifications. Request a copy of the applicant's driving record at the same time.

Step 3

Contact DAC Services, which is a consumer reporting agency that keeps records of truck drivers that includes security background checks, incident reports and employment history records.

Step 4

Talk to a direct supervisor when checking references. While a human resource contact may only provide employment dates, a manager can give you a better understanding of the applicant's work habits and truck driving abilities. Oftentimes accidents on a job site are not reported so the company can keep their insurance rates low. A driver who has repeated mishaps while driving or operating equipment that requires a CDL is sometimes fired instead of reported. A written record may not reveal an inability to pay attention when driving or irresponsible driving.

Step 5

Verify training and certifications when necessary. A copy of a diploma or certificate can prove that the applicant has all the necessary training for a CDL position.

Step 6

Send the applicant for a drug test before hiring a CDL driver. Drivers that use recreational drugs are one of the biggest hazards on a job site.

Tips

  • Put the applicant in one of your vehicles if you can. Watching how the driver handles the equipment, what precautions he takes before moving the vehicle and how smoothly he operates the rig can tell you just as much about a job candidate as a resume can.

Warnings

  • Make sure to get written authorization from the prospective driver to access the DAC and other personal records. Allow the candidate to review any records you receive if asked.

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About the Author

Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."