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Obtaining a DOT number and don’t know where to start? No need to worry. Listed below are all the steps you’ll need to follow in order to get one!

First of all, how do you know if you need a USDOT application? According to the FMCSA, motor carriers are required to completed USDOT registration if they:

  • Engage in interstate travel


  • Operate a vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds
  • Carry 9 to 15 passengers
  • Transport 16 or more passengers
  • Transport hazardous materials (HazMat)

If you qualify, you’ll need to follow these steps:

Have the necessary information ready – You will need to know the following:

  • Your company’s Employer Identification (EIN), tax identification number, or your Social Security number
  • Your company’s Dun and Bradstreet Number
  • The names of your company’s officers and their titles.

Complete the FMCSA application process – Apply online here via the Unified Registration System.

(Note: If you already have a DOT number and would like to renew it, print this form and mail it to MC-RS, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, DC 20590, United States)

Create an account on the URS website – In order to start the application, you must first make an account. URS will assign you a random applicant ID. You will then create a password and enter three security questions and answers

Enter identifying information to complete the form – This information will include:

  • your name or company name
  • the principal address associated with your business
  • your Dun & Bradstreet number
  • company phone number, email address, and fax number
  • your social security number or the company’s IRS tax ID.

Obtaining Operation Classification

Declare your operation classification – Your operation classification gives the government an idea of who you will be conducting business for. Some choices, for example, are:

  • Private passenger
  • For hire
  • Federal Government
  • State government
  • Indian tribe
  • Local mail

Check the cargo classification box – This indicates the type of cargo you will be moving in your vehicle. Check all the boxes that apply.

Declare if you will transport hazardous materials – Indicate whether you are moving the material as a carrier, shipper, bulk shipper or non-bulk shipper

Sign the application – Certify and sign the form. In order to sign you must be

  • The owner of the enterprise
  • A partner in the enterprise
  • An authorized representative or official of the company
  • A holder of power of attorney for the application

Pay the $300 filing fee for your DOT number-This is a one time fee. You will not be refunded if there are any mistakes on your application.

File your financial responsibility certification- If required, financial responsibility must be certified before you are given a DOT number. You can file this information electronically with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Applying for a DOT number can seem like a daunting process if you do it on your own. It’s normal to be overwhelmed by the long list of requirements you must meet. Remember that you can always seek the help of a professional to assist you in the process.

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