Owner Operators Come First We go the extra mile for every team member.

Invest in a Company That Invests in You

We strive to support you in every way possible to make your work faster, easier and more efficient. From scheduling and tracking to dispatch support and load payment speed, we’re there to fuel your success and help you achieve your career goals.

We’re Serious About Safety

At Circle, the safety of our Owner Operators always comes first. We’re committed to keeping you protected while you’re on the road, with ongoing training designed to make sure every trip is a smooth one.

  •   Rigorous Owner Operator safety orientation and training for all our owner-operators
  •   Weekly online training courses, with more than 730 modules to bring you up to speed in any area
  •    Fatigue management to ensure our Owner Operators are rested and ready on the road
  •    Seasonal awareness programs to keep you safe in changing conditions
  •    Performance recognition for our safest Owner Operators
  •    Quality review program and best practice reviews to make sure our safety practices meet the highest standards
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Drive With Us

Build your career

Circle Owner Operators run dedicated lanes as well as OTR open board for customers across the Midwest, East Coast and Southern Regions, so you can enjoy steady pay and weekly home time, or stay out on the road and enjoy more variety. The choice is yours.

Boost your earnings

In 2020 our Owner Operators averaged $206,000 in gross revenue for both traditional and expedited freight service.  Percentage pay includes trailers that are provided and cargo and liability insurance, with no extra charges to the contractor.

Work flexible hours

We believe in work-life balance. Our Owner Operators have the opportunity to be home most weekends, and we have a non-force dispatch policy.

Get full-service support

Work for a company where you’re a name, not a number. Our systems and processing are designed with you in mind, including free ELD installation and paperwork scanning; 100% paid fuel surcharge, tarp and stop charges; and company-paid cargo and liability insurance.

Owner Operator Qualifications

  •     Class A CDL issued by state of legal residence.  Must include current address and information on any other licenses held within previous5 years.
  •     Valid DOT long-orm physical and card dated within the last 12 months (6 months, if subject to yearly re-certification). t Must be reflected on MVR.
  •     Completed DOT-compliant application, including 10-year employment history.  Any falsification of the application may result in immediate termination of contract.
  •     Minimum of 2 years recent, verifiable all-season tractor trailer experience in an over-the road setting.
  •     No alcohol or substance-related charges or convictions within five years immediately prior to date of application and no record of multiple convictions, regardless of time frame.
  •     No felony convictions or pending charges within the previous five years involving charges of theft or violence and no record of multiple convictions.
  •     NO DOT recordable crashes deemed preventable within the 18 months prior to application and no more than three non-DOT preventable crashes/ incidents within the previous 5 years.
  •     No more than three moving violations within the previous 24 months and no more than four moving violations within the previous 5 years. This will include violations recorded on both MVR and DOT PSP reports.
  •     No major operating violations within the previous 24 months.
  •     Must possess the ability to effectively speak and write in English.
  •     Must comply with all requirements for alcohol and substance testing under section 382 FMCSR.
  •     Trucks must be no more than 14 years old and be E-log compliant, no exceptions.

***All candidates will be screened via FMCSA- PSP report and MVR from states of licensing to reach a determination of overall safety fitness. PSP violations, even in the absence of civil citations, may be deemedto disqualify a candidate from being offered a contract.

Costs and Deductions

Fixed Deductions

  •     Escrow: $100 weekly for 23 weeks [Returned to contractor if contract is terminated by either party and no money is owed by contractor to the company.]
  •     E-log Subscription Fees: $15 Weekly

Optional Services Through Settlement Deductions

  •     INDIANA Base Plate: $100 weekly until paid. [cost projection: $2,250.00 per year]
  •     Fuel Tax Filing: $20 weekly [calculated, filed, paid]
  •     Fuel Program [EFS Card]: amount of purchase plus $2.75 transaction fee
  •     Cash Advances [up to $100]: $2.75 transaction fee
  •     Special Advances [$100+]: $2.75 transaction fee plus 3% or $35 whichever is greater [applies to advances paid back over multiple weeks]
  •     Best Pass Transponder: $25 initial fee, $2/month [20% reduction in tolls]
  •     Pre-Pass: $3.85/week

Optional Insurance Packages

Physical Damage: 5% of insured value; divide by 52= weekly deduction
Bobtail/Non-Trucking: $10 weekly
Occupational Accident: $38.25 weekly

Additional Benefits Offered Through Matson & Kellogg Benefit Group:

  • Guaranteed Issue Income Protection
  • Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance
  • Dental
  • Vision Rider
  • Telemedicine
  • Accident
  • Medical Bridge
  • Cancer
  • Major Medical Assistance

Required Equipment

Dry Van

4 Logistics Straps


4′, 6′ or 8′ Drop Tarps (contractor needs 2 of the 3)

(10) 2′ Straps (27′ or 30′ in length)

(10) 4′ Straps (27′ or 30′ in length)

At least 1 set of Coil Racks and Tarps

Car Haulers

Mobile Printer

(20) 2′ Over-The-Wheel Straps

(1) Height Stick

*** Depending on availability, Circle Transportation can provide some of this equipment and deduct the cost from the contractor’s first settlement. Contractor must be prepared to provide their own equipment when it is not available for purchase through the company. Mobile printers are not provided by the company at any time.