The tanker endorsements we could get now, but we will be taking the tests for both tanker and hazmat at the same time. The fingerprints and background checks for the hazmat are the delay. The carrier we will be associated with does haul some liquids in totes that requires a tanker endorsement.It's early and I may have misread but if there is a 2-3 week window for getting tanker endorsements you can probably skip that part and be ready that much sooner unless the carrier you have chosen has asked you to get that endorsement. I've never heard of anyone doing true expediting doing any sort of tanker work. YMMV
Not necessarily the carrier but the team we will be joining requires tanker and hazmat. We will also have our TWIC and passports. We won't be required to run Canada but we will definitely give it a try to see how it goes. We believe the more qualifications we have the better off we will be for load opportunities.Does the carrier you plan on going with require hazmat? If not, you can start right now and work on the hazmat later.
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Too bad you could not have coordinated to have the hat done all at the same time. Would’ve saved you time and money but probably would have set you back further.Carrie finally got her CDL in the mail yesterday, took about 3 weeks from the time she went to the Secretary of State office to the time she received it (we are in Michigan). It took about a week longer than I had anticipated. She did, however, get an enhanced license so that may have taken a bit more time. Last night we made appointments to get our fingerprints done for our hazmat endorsements and TWIC. Appointments are set for June 18th, the earliest appointments they had available. In the meantime, we will be studying for both our hazmat and tanker endorsement tests. Once our fingerprints are done we should be ok with submitting Carrie's passport application. We didn't want to do that prior to the fingerprinting due to the fact she needs her birth certificate for the fingerprinting appointment. I anticipate receiving my passport and passport card in the next couple of weeks. Our goal is to start this new career in August. which initially, seemed like a long ways off. Now, with everything we have gotten done and everything yet to do, seems like August is approaching us quite fast. I believe fingerprints and backgroud checks take at least 30 days to complete, then we need to get our endorsements. If it takes another 3 weeks to get our licenses with the endorsements added we are looking at about the 2nd week of August or so before we can move forward with the application process with the carrier, once accepted by the carrier, get scheduled for orientation, complete orientation and get on the road. Oh boy, looking more like the end of August into September before we are actually on the road. We'll see how everything plays out.
Wow, this is quite the process. Stay tuned.
Hi Treadmill,Too bad you could not have coordinated to have the hat done all at the same time. Would’ve saved you time and money but probably would have set you back further.
After this whole process is complete and some time goes by, you will look back and say “this was really worth the hassle”. Everybody goes through it in one way or another.Well, hazmat background checks are in process. We need to go back next week for our TWIC card applications, unfortunately, our appointments were not set up correctly. I had called TSA prior to making our appointments and was told we only needed the hazmat appointment, that both the TWIC and hazmat appointments could be combined. Oh, so I need to make two appointments I asked? No, just the one would be all that was needed, well, that didn't work out so well. I wasn't happy and respectfully and calmly let the agent that was handling our hazmat appointment know what happened, what I was told by the TSA representative on the phone and that this was going to delay Carrie's passport application due to the fact we need to send her birth certificate in with her application. The agent was very apologetic and stated he would pass this issue on to his supervisor. He also said he would take us in as walk-ins if we could come back in next Tuesday morning (he just didn't have any room in his schedule to work us in yesterday). I really appreciate his willingness to do this. We did have to do the online applications and set appointments (which are scheduled for July 2nd), but, again, he will take us next Tuesday.
We continue to move forward in this process. Looking forward to the Expedite Expo July 19th and 20th. Hopefully will have our endorsements by then and possibly be set with a date for orientation.
Getting a bit nervous? Yup. Excited? Yup. A little scared? Yup, but some of the most exciting rides are when we are a little scared, that's why so many people pay good money to ride roller coasters.