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Does National Carriers Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update September 27, 2018
does National Carriers hire felons as truck drivers

When you’re hitting the road looking for a new job, finding work can be a huge challenge with a record. Fortunately, the transportation industry is always hiring, so let’s look there and see does National Carriers hire felons?

National Carriers has been a key player in the transportation industry for 50 years. Their mission is to be, “the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.” If you’re interested in working in this industry, this article will help you get a job at National Carriers with a felony. We will also answer questions like:

  • Does National Carriers hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does National Carriers do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

There is life after prison, and Relaunch Pad wants to help you make the most of it. To do that, we directly contact every company we write about to give you all of the info you need. Our team is made up of former felons and professionals who have worked closely with former felons for a number of years. We know it’s tough looking for employment when you have a record, so we want to give you every possible advantage.

Now, let’s look at how to get hired at National Carriers with a felony record.

Does National Carriers hire felons?

does National Carriers hire felons as truck drivers

Official company policy for hiring felons

When we asked whether or not National Carriers hires felons, we were told the following:

  • Possess both a positive attitude and a clean, neat appearance.
  • Have passed his/her twenty-first (21) birthday.
  • Have 6 months of verifiable, over-the-road driving experience in a tractor/trailer unit. If you have less than 6 months experience AND have completed an accredited CDL school in the last 12 months, please return to the home screen on our webpage and click the ‘Student’ tab and complete the application from there.
  • Pass National Carriers, Inc.’s description based physical examination.
  • Pass a drug and alcohol screening examination.
  • Have no serious moving violations in the past three (3) years, such as:
    • Reckless or careless driving
    • Hit and run
    • Leaving the scene of an accident
    • Speeding in excess of fifteen (15) mph over the posted speed limit
  • License suspension or revocation from any state for a driving violation
  • A reportable, preventable accident
  • No violations involving drugs or alcohol last five (5) years
  • Have no more than three (3) non-serious moving violations within the past year and no more than three (3) violations within the past three (3) years.*
  • Have no more than three (3) preventable, non-reportable accidents within the past three (3) years.*
  • Possess one (1) and only one (1) valid commercial driver’s license (CDL), with the following endorsements:
    • General knowledge
    • Air brakes
    • HAZMAT (preferred)
  • Be capable and willing to be away from the terminal and home for extended periods of time.
  • Be able to read and speak the English language fluently enough to converse with the general public, understand highway traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records section 391.11(b)(2).
  • Experience with temperature-controlled cargo, such as meat and produce, is preferred.

*Subject to the discretion of the Safety Director

*Subject to the discretion of the Operations Manager and Safety Director

They have a lot of requirements, but they all depend on the position. However, they don’t directly say if they do or do not hire felons. Lucky for you, we’ve dug a little deeper . . .

Has National Carriers hired felons in the past?

National Carriers does not confirm or deny that they have hired people with criminal records. However, we know from other sources that National Carriers has, or has done so in the past.

Does National Carriers hire people with misdemeanors?

Since they’re less severe than felonies, you have a pretty good shot. However, if you have a driving-related offense, you may not. Their online application states they will ask about “traffic accidents, violations and/or convictions from the last 3 years.” They obviously want to hire safe drivers.

Is National Carriers on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is an effort to delay questions about your legal history until later stages of the application process. Essentially, the box asking about your criminal record is not on the application forms from companies on this list. The goal is to make sure former offenders are considered for jobs based on their qualifications, not their record.

Many businesses who agree with this initiative have signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge. This means they pledge to give all applicants a fair chance, even those with criminal records.

We did not find a direct connection between National Carriers and these lists. However, the fact that they’ve hired former felons says they’re willing to give them a chance.

Does National Carriers have special programs for hiring felons?

It doesn’t appear that National Carriers has a program in place for hiring/training felons. But, as we’ve said, they have been willing to hire former offenders in the past. This means there’s a chance they’ll consider hiring you, as long as you prove you’re a good fit for them.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Average likelihood of being hired with a felony

You’ve got pretty average chances here. While they didn’t confirm if they’ve hired felons or not before, we know that they’ve been willing to give former felons a chance in the past. There is also a huge demand for drivers in the trucking industry. So, if you have a CDL and driving experience, this seems like a great place to look for a job.

If you don’t have driving experience, but you’re still interested in driving a truck, they also train new drivers. Be sure to check out their Student Program.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Obviously, with a company like National Carriers, the main entry-level jobs are for drivers. However, if you work near one of their terminals, you could also apply for a position as a dock worker. Office positions could potentially be limited to their headquarters in Liberal, Kansas.

Based on their employee requirements, applicants seeking driver positions need to have:

  • Excellent driving skills
  • A clean driving record
  • Good physical condition
  • A valid CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)
  • Flexible work hours
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to understand the English language

Those considering a position as a dock worker would also need to be in good physical shape. Forklift training/experience would also be extremely helpful.

How to get hired at National Carriers with a felony?

First, check out their Hiring Map to make sure they hire drivers from your area. If not, and you are willing to move, you can let them know that.

We know National Carriers has hired former felons in the past. We also know their requirements for drivers. Now, let’s look at what you can do to give yourself the best shot at getting hired here.

  1.    Match your skills to the position you’re interested in.
  • If you want to drive for them, and you have experience driving a truck, be sure to tell them about it.
  • If you have experience driving a forklift, and you’re interested in a dock worker position, let them know.
  1.    Be willing to bridge gaps.
  • If there are skills you can gain to be more qualified, be willing to learn them (like getting your HAZMAT certification).
  • Offer to go through their student program to show them what you can do. This could work for those who haven’t driven for some time. It could also be especially helpful for those just starting out in this industry.
  1.    Stand out as a great applicant.
  • Show them that you’re the type of person they’re looking for: Dependable, hard-working and a team player.
  • Show them that you have what it takes: The ability to follow instructions, flexibility and a great work ethic.
  • Tell them you’re ready to move forward with your life, and you believe a career with them is your best option.

Does National Carriers do background checks?

There’s a really good chance they will do a background check. It’s pretty standard in transportation. Employers need to check the status of your license, for example. You can expect them to look into your driving history.

Here’s other information you need to know about background checks:

Some states don’t even consider information more than seven years old. This means that if your offense was six years ago, you’ll want to wait until next year to apply. This is also great news for former felons living in these states! If your felony conviction was seven years ago, these states won’t even look at them in the check:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York *
  • Texas *
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

Even better, there are states that don’t consider court cases were you were found not guilty. Eight states are currently on this list:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, there are still some states that will look at your whole record. This includes your not guilty verdicts. Be aware, if you live in one of these states, that they will see everything:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

There are a lot of transportation companies out there. So, we looked at to see what current and former employees have to say about working for National Carriers. Our goal was to find out what makes them better than others.

The reviews posted on there tend to be very positive, 3.7 out of 5 stars! 70% of the people who posted reviews said they would recommend the company to a friend.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does National Carriers hire felons? It looks like yes. But do they hire all of them? Let’s look at what felonies might make it harder to get a job here.

  • Involuntary manslaughter, for those seeking a driver’s position.
  • Vehicular homicide, for those looking for a driver’s position.
  • Theft, for those wanting to drive or load trucks.
  • Fraud, forgery or offenses involving computers for those interested in office positions.
  • Felonies which restrict travel.

If your offense involved the misuse of a vehicle, getting a job as a driver here will be very difficult.

Does National Carriers drug test?

Yes. Their application form says that you will have to “pass a drug and alcohol screening examination.”

Share your experiences. Have you been hired or applied here?

Do you have a question that we didn’t answer? After reading this article, do you feel confident that you can get a job at National Carriers with a felony? Let us know in the comments below.

If you’re a former felon working for National Carriers, be sure to pass along any tips you have as well!

Josh Speraneo
Reentry Educator

Josh is a former offender who has faced the challenge of finding employment after spending time in prison. He is currently pursuing a career as a writer and Reentry Educator. His hope is that he can use his writing as a way to encourage others and help them to reach their full potential, no matter what struggles they've faced along the way. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ozark Christian College.