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  • Begin the process of Obtaining a USDOT Number
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  • Fine for not having a DOT was -$14,500.00 by Federal & State

Your Guide for Securing a USDOT Number

Does your organization face the possibility of needing to secure a USDOT number? If so, you've come to the right spot. Please follow along as this article explores how you can get a DOT number. Why does having a DOT number matter so much? It helps identify companies during standard safety monitoring processes. For example, your organization might need to take part in a compliance review or audit. Or, your company might need to undergo an inspection or crash investigation. Let’s now jump right into how you can secure a USDOT number.

How to Get a USDOT Number

Getting a USDOT number is not a complicated process. In fact, the process can get broken down into four steps. Here are those steps:

-Step One: Figure Out if a USDOT Number’s Needed

The process of getting a USDOT number begins by asking yourself a simple question. It is: Is my organization required to file a USDOT application? Almost all carriers must have a DOT number. There are very few of them that do not need to have to have one. Motor carriers need to complete registration if they conduct interstate travel operations. But that’s not all. The carriers must also meet one of the following pieces of criteria. 1. They operate trucks that weigh more than ten-thousand pounds. 2. Nine to fifteen passengers get transported for pay. (One of nine through fifteen individuals counts as the driver.) 3. More than sixteen passengers (including a driver) get transported with no compensation. 4. Hazardous materials get transported. Say that none of this criteria applies to your organization. That means you do not need to file a USDOT application. Instead, you might only have to register with a state office/local jurisdiction. 

-Step Two: Ensure That You Provide Every Needed Piece of DOT-Related Information

Sure, the USDOT application process is very simple. But it will get complicated if you do not provide basic information about your company. Make sure that you and your team fill out the following pieces of information. 1. The company operation. 2. The operation’s official classification. 3. The official cargo classification. 4. If it applies to your company, a HazMat classification. 5. The number of vehicles that your company uses. 6. The type of vehicles that your company uses. 7. The ownership status of the vehicles. (There is either a trip lease, term lease, or the vehicles have ownership.) 8. The driver status of the vehicles. (This applies to total drivers, total CDL drivers, interstate, and intrastate.) 

-Step Three: Download the Official USDOT Application

You can now either file online or download a USDOT application. Keep in mind that there are three separate USDOT forms for applications. You only need to fill out a single form that applies the most to your company. Here are the three forms to choose from. 1. An MCS-150. This is the standard form that applies to almost all carriers. 2. An MCS-150B. This combines a HazMat application with the USDOT number application. 3. An MCS-150C. This combines the Intermodal Equipment Provider application with the USDOT number application. Say you choose to file the DOT application online with the FMCSA portal. In this case, the online system will help you select the right form to use.

-Step Four: Send Out the Form or File the USDOT Registration Online

You're almost there toward securing your USDOT number. You can go ahead and fill out the form and send it out. Or, you can file your DOT registration online. Make sure that you send a physical copy to the Washington, DC FMCSA address listed on their website. Keep in mind that there is never a fee for filing a DOT registration online.

It is always best to talk to the FMCSA before you attempt to secure a USDOT number. Contact can take place over the phone or through email. You can find relevant contact information on the official FMCSA government website. Their website also contains copies of needed forms that you can download. You can even request for the FMCSA to mail you all the forms that you need.


DOT Number Requirements 



Understanding DOT number requirements is crucial to the success of any organization. A company must register with the FMCSA when one of the following factors is at play. 1. The company hauls cargo in interstate commerce. 2. The company operates commercial vehicles that transport people. But FMCSA registration is not enough. These companies also need to have USDOT numbers. 

So, when are you required to get a USDOT number? You’ll need one if one of your vehicles transports hazardous materials. If so, you're going to need to have a safety permit for interstate commerce. You’ll also need a DOT number if the gross weight of one of your vehicles exceeds 4,536 kg/10,001 pounds. As mentioned earlier, the number of transported passengers also matters. You’ll need a DOT number if a vehicle transports more than eight people with compensation. When will you also need one? If you transport more than fifteen people without compensation. If one of these factors is at play and you're involved with interstate commerce, a DOT number’s a must-have. 

Interstate commerce applies to United States transportation, traffic, and trade. Many companies transport goods between one state and another state or country. If your company does so, having a DOT number is a necessity. Some companies conduct transportation from one place in a state to another. A DOT number is also required for this type of operation. Under what circumstances? If origination/termination took place in another state or outside the country. Say that you are unsure whether your company qualifies to get a USDOT number. If so, you should contact the FMCSA as fast as you can. This will help ensure that your company complies with all federal regulations. Doing so will do more than protect your company from legal concerns. Adhering to safety regulations can also save the lives of drivers and motorists. In fact, safety is the biggest issue when it comes to FMCSA rules and regulations.

It is common for intrastate companies to get confused about their DOT requirements. Here is one of the most standard situations of confusion. Say your company does not transport hazardous materials. Plus, your vehicles never go outside of your company’s state. Do you still need to have a USDOT number? Well, that depends on the rules and regulations of your state. It also depends on what type of cargo that your company transports. In most states, your company would still need to have a DOT number. But in some states, you would only need a state identification number. If you're confused about this or anything else, do not hesitate to contact the DMV in your state. The DMV will help you figure out whether you need a DOT number or not.


How Long Does It Take to Get a DOT Number?



The process of securing a USDOT number should not take very long. In fact, online USDOT registration will process on an almost-immediate basis. Your DOT number will get issued on-the-spot. But, that will only happen if your company does not get rejected upon review. Say that you send out your USDOT application by mail, email or fax. If so, expect the processing time to last about four to six weeks. 

Keep in mind that by-mail applications get rejected more often than online applications. Why? Because some by-mail applications are hard to read, unsigned, or are not complete. This is why your by-mail application must contain all needed information. And that information must be easy-to-read. Otherwise, you will have to send out another by-mail DOT application or apply online.

Keep in mind that you cannot apply online without a credit card. The FMCSA uses credit card information as a digital signature. It also uses the information to confirm identity. But do not despair. You shouldn’t get charged for securing a USDOT number online by using a credit card.


Displaying Your USDOT Number


The US Department of Transportation has regulations about displaying USDOT numbers. Let’s go over their size and location requirements. The USDOT number and company name must get displayed on both sides of every vehicle. The name and number should go on the sides of vehicle power units. In other words, place them on vehicle and cab doors. This should happen before any vehicle gets put into service. Make sure that the lettering is bold and contrasts with surface colors. At least two inches is the needed height for USDOT-compliant lettering. Try to make your lettering as big as you can to prevent negative issues from taking place. Applying magnetic signs and vinyl graphics to vehicle doors is very easy. Double-check to make sure that your DOT numbers are visible from 50 feet away from each vehicle. Also, contact our firm if you’d like a list of products that could make your vehicles more USDOT-complaint.


Third-Party DOT Registration Help


Organizations such as ours serve as third-party DOT registration services. These are FMCSA-compliant entities that provide help for all sorts of trucking businesses. Whether your fleet is small or large, it’s sometimes challenging to stay on top of compliance matters. That’s where we come into play. So, if you need help with registration or something else, our team is standing by. We can contact the FMCSA on your behalf and help you get to the bottom of any DOT-related matter. This will ensure that your team stays compliant with all rules and regulations. We know all the nuances of local and federal laws. We’ll help you take care of the paperwork so that your workers have time for other tasks. They’ll have more opportunities throughout the day to manage fleets and dispatch. Plus, we can help your company avoid paying steep fines.



Contact Our Organization for More Information About Getting a USDOT Number 



Do you need more information about how to get a USDOT number? If so, please contact our organization today. Our mission is to ensure that your company has complete operating authority at all times. This is for more than preventing you from getting involved with legal problems. It is also for the safety of you, your employees, your customers, and every driver on the interstate. We would love to provide you with more USDOT number guidelines to help you and your team succeed. Even if you only have a quick question about your DOT application, our live agents are standing by.

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