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Owner Operator Program Requirements

Owner Operator Program Requirements

Following are the owner operator program requirements for owner-ops that would like to drive with us. Program requirements ensure safety, compliance and compatibility with our trailers.

Age Requirements

  • Be at least 22 years old

Commercial License & Driving Criteria

  • Current Class A, Commercial Driver’s License
  • 6 months of (Class A) driving experience within the last 3 years

Equipment Requirements 

  • Must select, purchase, finance and maintain their own tractor
  • Must be able to pass inspection
  • Fifth wheel height of 48″ or less
  • West 11 regional or 48 State preference must be CARB Compliant
  • Less than 7 years old (waiver available for Eastern states)

Business Requirements

  • Have a business registered with the applicable Secretary of State
  • Have a state Uniform Business Identifier (or equivalent) other than a social security number
  • No businesses registered in or drivers who are residents of the states of Washington, Massachusetts or New York
  • Obtain all licenses and permits to operate the business
  • Responsible for filing state and federal taxes for the business
  • Responsible for operating the business in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and all other applicable state and federal laws and regulations

Employment History – 3 years verified

  • Verifiable and stable work history
  • Work experience matches the job
  • Backing with a 53’ trailer
  • Interaction with customers
  • Dispatch or communication via a mobile in-cab device

Motor Vehicle Record – 3 years verified

  • No Failure to Appear on Motor Vehicle Record (unless cleared by legal verification)
  • No more than 3 moving violations within the last 3 years
  • Accidents within the past 3 years are subject to review of the facts to determine preventability / fault

Physical Requirements

  • Must meet D.O.T. requirements
  • Be able to perform the essential physical requirements of the job as detailed on the job description with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must have a current D.O.T. medical card and be registered in their home state if required

Background Check

  • Must successfully complete and pass pre-employment urine and hair follicle tests
  • No failures of a random drug test or refusal to test within the last 3 years
  • Verification of employment and CSA safety history within the last 3 years

Criminal Record – 7 years verified

  • A felony conviction will not necessarily bar from employment, Interstate reviews applicants with record of the following convictions or active cases.
  • Any Felony Sex Crime within 7 years from conviction date
  • Any Aggravated Crime where a weapon was used within 7 years from the conviction date
  • Any Theft, Burglaries or other crimes of property within 7 years from the conviction date
  • Motor-vehicle related alcohol or drug offenses within 7 years from the conviction
  • Driving license suspensions or serious motor vehicle offenses within 3 years from the date of application
  • Applicants who are on probation may be required to provide documentation of their ability to travel interstate, if it is a job requirement

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