Intrastate for-hire motor carriers and intrastate private carriers must obtain and display a USDOT number. For-hire and private motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles across state lines must be registered with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) and must have a USDOT number.
US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Numbers
FAQs and More Information
There is no cost to obtain a USDOT number. A credit card is required for identification purposes only when obtaining a USDOT number online.
Once a USDOT number is obtained, information pertaining to the operations conducted under the USDOT number must be updated at least once a year if interstate operations are involved or at least once every two years if only intrastate operations are involved. To learn more about the updating requirements, check this brochure.
Motor carriers who obtain a USDOT number will often receive aggressive solicitations from various types of companies. FMCSA has recently made available a document concerning aggressive solicitations. You can also view a list criminals wanted for transportation-industry related crimes.