In addition to the USDOT Number, you are required to obtain a Hazmat Safety Permit. If you are an intrastate, interstate, or foreign motor carrier transporting certain types and amounts of hazardous materials, you need a safety permit. The mission of the safety permit is to improve truck and bus safety on the highways. It includes reducing the number of transportation incidents that involve hazardous materials that could potentially harm the public and the environment. Getting the HMSP is easy when DOT Operating Authority does your filings. Your paperwork will seem easier, as our process agents will do everything for you.
A hazardous material is a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined can pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and has designated as hazardous. According to, Sec. 5103 of Federal hazardous materials transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5103).
Safety permit means a document issued by FMCSA that contains a permit number and confers authority to transport in commerce the hazardous materials listed below.
You are not allowed to transport in interstate or intrastate commerce any of the following hazardous materials unless you hold a safety permit:
The maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation of the hazardous materials transportation law, or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under that law, range from $55,000 to $75,000. Increased maximum civil penalty ranges between $110,000 and $175,000 if the violation results in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property.
There are two options for filing the necessary forms to obtain a Hazardous Material Safety Permit:
Motor carriers will be required to apply for an HMSP the next time they are scheduled to file the MCS-150. All motor carriers, including interstate, intrastate and foreign carriers must comply with this regulation.