USDOT Numbers are issued by the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA"), a division of the United States Department of Transportation ("USDOT").
You may obtain a USDOT Number for your commercial motor vehicle over 10,000 pounds through this website. DOTNumber.us is a
private, third-party provider offering services for a
fee. This is a commercial solicitation and advertisement. DOTNumber.us is NOT affiliated with any government authority. You
may apply online or by calling our representatives: (800) 761-7308.
Apply for a USDOT Number
Numbers are used by the USDOT to monitor a company or independent owner-operator's safety management practices and
controls. They serve as unique identifiers when the USDOT collects data and reviews a company's compliance
during safety audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and roadside inspections. This is not "Operating Authority" (MC Number).
2. Who needs a
Companies that operate commercial motor vehicles that transport passengers or haul cargo across
state lines must be registered with the USDOT and must have and display an "Interstate USDOT Number"
on their vehicles.
Companies operating within PRISM states (as of 2010, all states except Michigan & Nevada)
must have an "Intrastate USDOT Number" unless they have secured state-issued operating authority.
3. Companies that transport hazardous
materials within their state, in quantities requiring a safety permit, must also register
for a USDOT Number.
In select states (see states listed below*), all registrants of commercial motor vehicles, even intrastate and
non-motor carrier registrants, are required to obtain a "Registrant USDOT Number" as a necessary condition for
IRP (International Registration Plan) commercial vehicle registration for owner-operators leased on to the authority of
a carrier. This program will expire in September 2011 because too many carriers have incorrectly registered as non-carrier
registrants. Currently, this is the only way owner-operators can get/renew their plates for vehicles over 26,000 lbs.
*Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida,
Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Companies operating exclusively as property
("freight") brokers or and freight forwarders do not need to obtain a USDOT Number. Brokers arranging for
transportation across state lines must obtain a property and/or household goods broker license evidenced by an MC
Number. Freight forwarders must obtain authority and are issued FF Numbers. Non-hazmat shippers do not need
a regulatory number.
You may secure
a USDOT Number online through this website ($300 service fee). Click the link below to start the application process:
4. What happens after I get a USDOT Number?
1. You will be enrolled in the New
Entrant Program. Effective January 1, 2003, all first-time carrier applicants for
a USDOT Number are automatically enrolled in the USDOT's New Entrant Safety Assurance Program.
This program requires new entrants to pass a safety audit within 90 days and maintain acceptable roadside safety performance
over an initial 18-month probationary period before they are given permanent registration status.
2. If you transport regulated property
for-hire (including in vehicles under $10,000 lbs such as cargo vans), you are required to
3. You will need to comply with IFTA &
IRP if you operate vehicles over 26,000 lbs. You may also need HUT, KYU and permits from NM and/or OR.
6. You will
need to submit a Biennial Report every 24 months. Click Here to be directed to the MCS-150 update page.
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notice: effective 2010 a tractor-trailer now counts as just one vehicle subject to UCR filing requirements. Process Agent BOC-3 filing fee is included on all Interstate Motor Carrier Authority and
Freight Broker License orders.
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