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Landstar Owner-Operator Minimum Requirements

Have you considered becoming an owner-operator with Landstar? At Landstar, we treat all our owner-operators with the utmost respect and provide the tools needed for you to be successful.

There are minimum qualification standards that you must meet to become an owner-operator with Landstar. These requirements are subject to the DOT requirements. The Landstar Carrier Group may impose more stringent requirements at its option. However, there will be no exceptions, and no one will reduce these minimum standards for less qualified prospective owner-operators.

To qualify with Landstar, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Owner Operator Minimum Requirements
  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Class A (or Class B for Expedited) CDL with HazMat (H) or combination (X) endorsement.
  • No more than two at-fault accidents and two motor vehicle violations within the previous 36 months, or no more than one at-fault accident and three motor vehicle violations during the previous 36 months. No involvement in a preventable DOT recordable accident in the past 12 months.
  • Operators must have one year (six months for Expedited) of verifiable over-the-road driving within the past three years or two years verifiable experience in the last 5 years, with a Class A (or Class B for Expedited) CDL using the type of equipment similar to what you will be operating at Landstar.
  • No felony convictions within the past 7 years. All other felony and misdemeanor charges are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • No positive drug or alcohol test including refusals and pre-employment results.
  • No suspensions of more than 30 days for moving violations in the last 36 months.
  • No more than one serious violation as defined on Table 2 of section 383.51 of the FMCSR handbook within the previous 36 months prior to qualification.
  • No railroad-highway grade crossing offenses as defined on Table 3 of section 383.51 of the FMCSR handbook within the previous 36 months prior to qualification.
  • No citations or convictions for Reckless Driving or Careless Endangerment during the 36 month period prior to the order date of the MVR.
  • No DUI charges during the 60 month period prior to the order date of the MVR in a personal or non-commercial vehicle and never in a commercial vehicle.
  • Proficient enough in English to understand highway traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, make entries on reports and records, and converse with the public.
  • Provide and maintain proper levels and types of approved insurance during your lease with Landstar including:
    • Unladen Liability and Occupational Accident coverage or, in some cases, statutory Workers’ Compensation coverage are mandatory. If you do not participate in the Unladen Liability and/or CPP (Occupational Accident insurance) programs, you must show comparable Unladen Liability coverage and/or Occupational Accident coverage through acceptable insurance carriers.
    • If statutory Workers’ Compensation coverage is required and you do not participate in the fleet workers’ compensation plan (FWCP) program, coverage must be provided by licensed carriers with acceptable interstate coverage.
  • These are minimum operator qualification standards subject to DOT requirements, and Landstar may impose more stringent requirements at its option. The decision whether to qualify an operator will be made by Landstar in its sole discretion and on a case-by-case basis.

Landstar is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate. Landstar also offers competitive salaries, outstanding benefits, fuel discounts through Landstar, and premium loads every day to our owner-operators with the Landstar Load Board.

If you are interested in furthering your career as an owner-operator, contact our Recruiting Department today at 330-484-3013 Ext 2.