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OWNER OPERATORS AND US DOT NUMBERS

 

Do I Need a USDOT Number? What is a USDOT Number?

 

Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number.

 

The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company's safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections.

 

Do I Need One?

You are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of  4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or

  • Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or

  • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or

  • Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous and transported in a quantity requiring placarding.

 

 AND is involved in Interstate commerce:

Trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States—

  • Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States);

  • Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or

  • Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United State

 

You are required by FMCSA to obtain USDOT Number and comply with the Federal Regulations.   It is the responsibility of motor carrier operators and drivers to know and comply with all applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Safety compliance and safe operations translate into saved lives and property.  We believe the information in this package, when effectively applied, will contribute to safer motor carrier operations and highways.

 

States that Require a DOT Number

 

Apart from federal regulations, some states require commercial motor vehicle registrants to obtain a USDOT Number. These states include:

 

Alabama              

Alaska                    

Arizona                                    

Colorado              

Connecticut       

Florida                   

Georgia                 

Indiana

Iowa                        

Kansas                  

Kentucky              

Maine                    

Maryland             

Michigan              

Minnesota          

Missouri

Montana              

New Jersey         

New York              

Nebraska             

N. Carolina         

Ohio                        

Oklahoma           

Oregon

Pennsylvania    

S. Carolina          

Tennessee          

Texas                      

Utah                        

Washington       

West Virginia

Wisconsin           

Wyoming                               

 

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Owner Operators & US DOT Authorities