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This question comes up frequently from our customers and thought that this week we will address this.  This question usually is raised when we have a customer that is an INTRAstate carrier not subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) INTERstate regulations rather their own state regulations. 

The following thirty-eight states and Puerto Rico require a USDOT number for INTRAstate operations:


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


What is a USDOT Number?

Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in INTERstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial INTRAstate hazardous materials carriers who haul types and quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number.

The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company's safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections. 

Click the button below to access our interactive tool that will determine if you need a US DOT number:


DOT Issues ANPRM on Electronic Signatures and Documents for Drug and Alcohol Records

The U.S. Department of Transportation has published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to allow the use of electronic signatures, forms and records for drug and alcohol testing of transportation workers, including truck drivers.

The ANPRM seeks public comment on how DOT’s regulations for conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing for the federally regulated transportation industry could be amended to allow electronic signatures on documents required to be created and used under the regulations, to be able to use electronic versions of forms, and to electronically store forms and data. The regulatory changes would apply to DOT-regulated employers and their contractors (“service agents”) who administer their DOT-regulated drug and alcohol testing programs.

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Currently, employers and their service agents must use, sign and store paper documents exclusively, unless the employer is utilizing a laboratory’s electronic Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (electronic CCF) system that has been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Congress has mandated in statute that DOT amend its regulations to authorize, to the extent practicable, the use of electronic signatures or digital signatures executed to electronic forms instead of traditional handwritten signatures executed on paper forms.  DOT said the information received in response to this ANPRM will assist it in developing proposed regulatory amendments intended to provide additional flexibility and reduced costs for the industry.

FMCSA Lists Monitoring of Mexican Motor Carriers in Regulatory Agenda

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a new item in its semiannual regulatory agenda that would establish a safety monitoring system and compliance initiative for Mexican-domiciled motor carriers operating in the United States.

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The monitoring system would evaluate the continuing safety fitness of all Mexico-domiciled carriers within 18 months after receiving a provisional Certificate of Registration or provisional authority to operate in the United States. It also would establish suspension and revocation procedures for provisional Certificates of Registration and operating authority and incorporate criteria to be used by FMCSA in evaluating whether Mexico-domiciled carriers exercise basic safety management controls.

This rulemaking is a continuation of an interim final rule published by FMCSA twenty years ago in 2002.  On January 16, 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit remanded this rule, along with two other NAFTA-related rules, to the agency, requiring a full environmental impact statement and an analysis required by the Clean Air Act. On June 7, 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit and remanded the case, holding that FMCSA is not required to prepare the environmental documents.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, 2022

Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs. These 3.6 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but they also keep our highways safe.