Who needs a USDOT number?
You are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:
- Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous and transported in a quantity requiring placarding (whether interstate or intrastate).
- 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;
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 States.
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Canadian and Mexican based carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers are required to obtain a USDOT number as well as comply with all US regulations.
We can help you get this process started today. We can help you get your USDOT number with the approval for the type of business you are running. After your initial application, we can help you with your renewal process which happens every two years. You can either deal with us personally, or with a click of a button at our online shop.
Additional Operating Authorities Required
A BOC-3 is a US Federal filing that designates legal agents of process in every state. This agent of process will accept legal filings on your behalf in the event of any legal proceeding against you. They are not retained to represent you.
New and existing Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders and Brokers must have a BOC-3 on file before any authority is issued. All new Private HM & Exempt For-Hire Carriers have to file a BOC-3.
PSTC can help you to get your BOC-3 set up to avoid delays in getting your operating authority approved.
The requirement for financial responsibility differs based on the type of operation. Carriers for example must provide adequate insurance while load brokers must provide a a Surety Bond or Trust Fund Agreement. Authorities are not issued until the applicant fulfills this requirement.
Read the FMCSA Insurance Requirements for getting your operating authority approved.
Still not sure what kind of insurance you need for your operation? Our experts can walk you through it so you can choose what is right for your company.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Who needs drug testing:
- Anyone employing CDL drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on public roads
- CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads
- Interstate motor carriers
- Intrastate motor carriers
Carriers are reminded that before any new CDL driver operates your commercial motor vehicle they must pass a pre employment drug test AND be part of a random drug pool.
PSTC can help you out by reviewing the drug and alcohol report to make sure your operation is compliant with the law, and to help you keep a great safety rating.