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J.B. Hunt Driver Orientation

Employee driver orientation is our first opportunity to welcome you to J.B. Hunt. We strive to make the orientation process efficient and enjoyable to, ultimately, get you moving!  

Many of our driving opportunities offer an online orientation experience where you complete the orientation process in the comfort of your home! Some will require a traditional orientation process. See details for all orientation programs below.   

  • Direct to Work Orientation Program 

    Our Direct to Work program allows you to complete orientation online at home, saving you time and additional travel. Many of our opportunities offer this program - to learn of availability in your area please give our recruiters a call at 1-877-791-9458.  
  • Traditional Orientation Program 

    Our traditional orientation program is hosted at a various J.B. Hunt terminals across the country. Traditional orientation is offered on Mondays or Wednesdays and typically lasts two and a half to three days.  
  • Valid CDL-A or class B from your state of residence
  • Current DOT medical card (If you have a current DOT medical certification with at least 90 days remaining, do not have a current certification or your card has less than 90 days remaining, J.B. Hunt will send you to our clinic for a new one)
  • Social security numbers and birth dates for dependents to be covered by benefit offerings (company drivers) or voluntary health programs (owner operators and lease purchase drivers)
  • Voided check or bank-authorized document containing bank routing and account numbers (direct-deposit)
  • Funds to cover personal expenses while attending orientation and until the first payroll (company drivers) or settlement (owner operator and lease-purchase drivers) cycle
  • Proper footwear and attire for your road test
  • Two forms of identification as required by the I9 form

  • Copy of truck title application (front and back) with your name listed
  • Current 2290, paid
  • Bill of sale document showing date of sale and total purchase price

Compensation and paperwork:

Company drivers are compensated upon completion of class or on your first week's payroll. Pay varies by location and is determined by each state's minimum hourly wage. To assist you in making it through to your first settlement, the orientation instructor can issue a one-time advance, for no charge, at the completion of orientation. You will complete all necessary paperwork and receive instruction on company policies, safety standards and general company information.
 
Lease purchase drivers are compensated on your first settlement. To assist you in making it through to your first settlement, the orientation instructor can issue a one-time advance, for no charge, at the completion of orientation. You will complete all leasing paperwork, pick out your tractor from our lease-purchase trucks, and receive instruction on policies, communication protocol and safety standards.

Owner operators are compensated on your first week's settlement. To assist you in making it through to your first settlement, the orientation instructor can issue a one-time advance, for no charge, at the completion of orientation. You will complete all paperwork, truck inspection, and receive briefings on policies, communication protocol and safety standards.
Driver orientations take place in a variety of locations country-wide that cater to specific operation groups. This specialized process allows us to provide the best possible experience for you as you begin orientating to J.B. Hunt.
 
In most locations, we arrange for a cab or a hotel shuttle to drive you from the airport or bus terminal to your lodging. If you coordinate your own travel, go straight to J.B. Hunt's specified hotel and check in. Drivers will meet in the hotel lobby each morning for a shuttle to the J.B. Hunt Service Center.
 
If you have to pay for your own transportation from the airport or bus terminal to orientation, be sure to obtain a receipt to turn in to the orientation team on day one for reimbursement.

Hotels normally offer a continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided by J.B. Hunt during each day of class. You'll furnish your own evening meals. Hotels are usually double-occupancy but can be upgraded to a private room for a daily fee - $30.00 to $40.00 on average - that you’ll be responsible to pay. 
 
Questions about truck driver orientation? Call 1-800-252-4868 to speak with a career placement specialist to learn more.
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