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What Is a DOT Number?

The USDOT Number is a unique number for your company that gives instant access to your company’s safety information during various check-ups. It includes inspections, compliance reviews, audits and accident investigations. Companies that use commercial motor vehicle to transport passengers or haul cargo in interstate commerce must also display the company’s USDOT number.


Who Needs a USDOT Number?

You need to have a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater
  • Transports more than 8 passengers, including the driver, for compensation (in that case you also need anMC Number)
  • Carries more than 15 passengers including the driver, but is not used to carry passengers for payment
  • Is shipping the types and quantities of hazardous materials requiring a safety permit in intrastate commerce

Furthermore, you can find out if you need DOT Authority with the location in which your vehicle transports goods or passengers. At first, you need a number if your vehicle is used for trade or transport in one or more of these ways:

  • Between two places in one state, crossing another state
  • Between two places in one state as a part of trade, traffic or transportation with the point of origin or destination outside of the United States


How Can You Get Your DOT Authority?

Getting authority to operate, such as MC number, can be a complicated process that allows no mistakes and takes time. Therefore, at Los Angeles Truck Insurance it is our goal to make it easy for you and save your time.

Start with protecting your assets with forming an LLC (Limited Liability Company) or a corporation. It’s Important to create a business entity for your company instead of using your own name to conduct business. The next step is applying for a USDOT number and MC number. It will take 21 days for your operating authority to become active.

If you have any questions regarding your state regulations, our professionals will help you with that. Also ask us about affordable truck insurance.


There are 33 states that require DOT Number:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Furthermore, if you have any questions regarding your state regulations, give us a call at (800) 671-3007.