Who Needs A USDOT Number?

 

DOT numbers are required in specific states for certain business types. A DOT number is required for the following:

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

  • It is constructed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (driver included) for compensation.

  • It is constructed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, drivers included, and not used to transport passengers for compensation.

  • Used to haul the types and quantities of hazardous materials requiring a safety permit in intrastate commerce (see 49 CFR 385.403).

 

Additionally, you need a USDOT number if your vehicle is used for traffic, trade, or transport in the US:

  • Such as, within two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States;

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

  • Within two places in a State as part of a trade, traffic, or transportation starting from or ending outside the State or the United States.

 

Some states also require their intrastate commercial motor carriers to obtain a USDOT Number. These states include:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Idaho

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Puerto Rico

  • South Carolina

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

If your business is an intrastate motor carrier, check with your state agency. It is your responsibility as a motor carrier operator or driver to obtain a USDOT number. Furthermore, it is a requirement that you comply with all FMCSA regulations. Safety compliance and safe operations mean to keep lives safe and protected property.