A USDOT number is a unique identification number for your company, if it involves commercial vehicles or transportation. In fact, it is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Essentially, the USDOT number allows for instant access to your company’s safety information during various checkups, including inspections, audits, accident investigations, compliance reviews, etc.
So, if your company uses commercial vehicles to either transport passengers or move cargo, you need this number displayed on every vehicle!
Well, DOT numbers are required in specific states for certain business types. You need a DOT number if you have a commercial vehicle that:
Also, the area where your vehicle transports goods or passengers determines whether you need a DOT number. You need a DOT number if your commercial vehicle is used for trade or transport:
First, you will have to file your company as a corporation, creating a business entity. Then, you’ll be able to start the application process for a DOT number. Generally, it takes a few weeks for your number to activate. We understand how time consuming and overwhelming it can be to complete all the requirements for your commercial auto business. That’s why our team at DOT Operating Authority works tirelessly to help make the process easier for you. We can walk you through the process of obtaining your DOT number easily and stress-free!
Some states also require their intrastate commercial motor carriers to obtain a USDOT Number. These states include:
If you are an intrastate motor carrier, check with your responsible state agency. Furthermore, it is your responsibility as a motor carrier operator (or driver) to obtain a USDOT Number and comply with all the FMCSA regulations. Safety compliance and safe operations translate into saved lives and protected property. We can help.
Check out the video below for more information on the USDOT Number.