How to Become an Approved FedEx Ground Driver

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Maybe you are interested in becoming a pickup and delivery (P&D) FedEx Ground driver? Or, perhaps you are a FedEx Ground P&D route owner and you are looking to add more drivers to your team?

The salary and benefits for FedEx drivers are excellent! And the good news is that the path to becoming an approved FedEx Ground driver is relatively straight-forward.

In order to qualify as a FedEx Ground driver, individuals must,

  • Have one year of professional driving experience in the last three years (or enroll in an entry-level driving program). Previous driving experiences can come from a range of industries: landscaping, construction, military, taxi/Lyft/Uber, or even food delivery.

  • Be 21 years of age or older.

  • Pass a DOT physical and a drug test.

  • Pass a background check; there should be no DUIs or felony convictions in potential driver’s background.

  • Have a valid driver’s license without excessive moving violations, accidents, or other driving violations (see the full list of requirements via FedEx Ground)

What if you do not have prior driving experience?

If you (or an individual you wish to hire) has no professional driving experience, they may still be eligible to drive for FedEx Ground with the completion of a FedEx Ground-approved entry-level driving program, such as ADTP.

ADTP (which stands for Accelerated Driver Training Program) reduces the time it takes to educate, train and test new commercial delivery drivers. ADTP offers contractors a new and innovative approach to testing and training new delivery drivers in record time. Moreover, ADTP produces drivers that are trained on safe driving techniques, efficient delivery practices, and commercial driver professionalism.

Before being registered as an ADTP Driver Candidate, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 21 years of age or older

  • Have a valid driver’s license and a clean Motor Vehicle Report.

  • Have a clean background check.

  • Have a current DOT physical and be physically qualified to drive a commercial vehicle in accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

  • Speak and read the English language sufficiently to converse with general public.

Driver candidates complete the following 3-Step Driver Certification Process:

  • A comprehensive online curriculum that culminates with online testing.

  • 18 hours of behind-the-wheel training without packages on board evaluated by a FedEx Ground Road Test. (Occurring over at least 4 days)

  • 18 hours of behind-the-wheel training with packages on board signed off on by your organization’s ELDP Operator.

After completion of the ADTP certification process, drivers will be ready and eligible to drive for FedEx Ground P&D routes.

The complete certification takes approximately two weeks to complete. This certification process is, at times, faster than the time it takes FedEx Ground to approve a driver with past driving experience!

It does, however, take a bit of extra time for brand new operators to register and get rolling with the ELDP program via ADTP. If you have questions about your specific timeline, contact ADTP and they can help clarify the process and timeline.