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Does USA Truck Hire Felons in 2021? 

By Last update February 12, 2020
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Trucking jobs offer great opportunities for former felons. That begs the question: Does USA Truck hire felons?

Relaunch Pad tries to balance the game for former felons by getting in touch with employers directly about their hiring policies for former felons. New beginnings start with a second chance. It’s hard to find that, so Relaunch Pad goes the extra mile to help you find jobs with a criminal record.

We even employ former felons ourselves! A lot of our staff have been involved with the system one way or another. For us, this isn’t just a job — it’s personal.

Read further and we’ll see how to get a job at USA Truck with a felony. On top of that, we’ll look into:

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

Let’s dig into this further!

Does USA Truck hire felons?

does USA Truck hire felons to drive rig

Official company policy for hiring felons

USA Truck didn’t respond to requests for comment. However, their website lists DUI or DWI charges in the past 10 years as unacceptable.

Has USA Truck hired felons in the past?

Does USA Truck hire felons and is there proof of them doing it? Some online sources indicate that USA Truck hires felons and has in the past.

Does USA Truck hire people with misdemeanors?

Misdemeanors could disqualify you if they were moving violations involving drugs or alcohol. If your misdemeanor doesn’t involve those, it’s possible you’re in the clear. However, we didn’t see any firsthand knowledge of someone with a misdemeanor saying they got hired.

Is USA Truck on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box asks businesses to look at the person and not their history. Companies “banning the box” remove questions on applications asking about priors.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge gives businesses a similar opportunity to show their fair hiring practices. If a business takes the Pledge, they commit to giving chances to people who historically haven’t gotten them. This includes people with criminal records.

Sadly, USA Truck isn’t involved in these programs.

Does USA Truck have special programs for hiring felons?

USA Truck has no special programs for hiring felons.

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

uncertain likelihood of being hired

We rate your chances of getting hired at USA Truck with a felony as uncertain!

  • We couldn’t find any public comment from USA Truck about hiring former felons
  • There wasn’t an equal opportunity employment motto on their website
  • No direct firsthand reports of felons saying they got hired, though we’ve heard of those who have

Turns out USA Truck is another trucking company that might hire felons. Let’s look into what jobs they’ve got.

What are some entry-level jobs?

USA Truck mostly offers two kinds of entry-level jobs, driving and non-driving. Here are two prime examples:

  1. Inexperienced Driver: If you’re in school to get your CDL-A (or just got it), this is the job for you. They pay by the mile, offer good rates and note that there are routes where you can be home every weekend if you want them.
  2. Level 1 Maintenance Technician: A service and repair position that offers on-the-job training. Once you hit certain milestones with the company, you get promoted and learn more.

How to get hired at USA Truck with a felony

First, let’s say you’re aiming for a trucking job. Trucking isn’t your typical job. The application process, as a result, is not as straightforward.

You need to have a class A CDL license before anything else. If you think that’s something you’re interested in obtaining, check out this site which lists nearby schools and what you need to apply.

You already have your license? Fill the application out here. Keep in mind that you’ll need a social security card and be able to account for your last 10 years of work (or lack thereof). You’ll also, at this point, have to disclose any priors you’ve had involving vehicles.

If you check all their boxes, you can expect a call from a recruiter.

The recruiter is going to want to do a temperature check with you. That means they want to get a general idea of your interests and ambitions with the job. A lot of the time, they will ask similar questions as on the application. They want to hear your own words on your driving record.

The main thing you will want to do is show the recruiter there will be no surprises in hiring you.

Otherwise, don’t worry too much about having a lot of prior experience. Emphasize that you are willing to learn and work hard! Those are the two things USA Truck wants the most out of their truckers.

If you want a maintenance job, your application process will be a little different from the trucking job. Go here to find non-trucking jobs. If you find a level 1 job in your area, you will want to have a resume ready.

Make sure you list any kind of engine work you’ve done. If you don’t have engine work, list any handy work you’ve done. Any kind of job or hobby that has you using tools and following directions could be useful.

If you get a call from an interviewer, remember this: For these big companies, the most important thing is your ability to learn. Most people do not regularly practice on semi-truck engines.

Show, instead, that you’re eager to learn and grow with the company. Explain your past upfront to avoid any bad surprises down the road.

Follow this advice and it’s possible you’ll get a job at USA Truck with a felony!

Does USA Truck do background checks?

Sources online point to USA Truck performing a background check during the orientation process.

The online application asks how many driving violations you’ve recently had. People who work there say you should be honest. They will find out your past at orientation, so it’s better to let them hear it from you first.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Good news for those in the states below! If your criminal history happened seven or more years ago, it won’t show on a background check:

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

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

For the following states, a background check won’t show charges where you were declared not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

The states on this list below have very complete background checks. All charges against you, guilty or not guilty, will show up on the background check here:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • 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

USA Truck got a 2.9 out of 5 stars on Glassdoor, which is a little below average honestly.

Employees report liking their co-workers. They also say there is a lot of work to be had if you have open hours.

On the other side, employees complained about a lack of downtime in the schedule. The company may ask you to be on the road for a longer amount of days than usual in a driving schedule.

Almost half of employees would recommend the company to a friend.

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

Driving-related felonies might spell trouble for your application. If you have a DUI, DWI or OWI, it’s likely you’ll be automatically disqualified. Hiring managers may see you as too much of a risk behind the wheel.

In fact, we’ve found job postings that say, right off the bat, that you can’t have moving violations involving drugs or alcohol in the past 10 years.

Violent felonies like kidnapping and burglary can pose problems too. USA Truck is affiliated with Truckers Against Trafficking, so they will be sensitive to crimes close in nature to that.

Felonies involving fraud or major theft could hurt your chances too. You’re going to be transporting a large load of goods, so that may seem like a risk to a trucking company.

Does USA Truck drug test?

Sources indicate that USA Truck does conduct pre-employment drug testing. You’ll want to be sober at least a month or two before applying.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Anyone have their own advice on how to get hired at USA Truck? Any comments or questions? Share them below!

Jakupi Valon
Social Worker & Reentry Educator

Valon is a Reentry Educator for Successful Release as well as a Social Work Masters Candidate at Wayne State's School of Social Work. A first-generation American, he believes in America as a land of opportunity. Valon believes everyone deserves those opportunities, no matter what their background is.