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The US Department of Transportation was established to ensure safe, modern, and efficient transport systems across the United States. These also include establishing an agency called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They regulate the commercial trucking industry to reduce accidents and injuries. Therefore, companies and individuals should check the USDOT Number when using commercial vehicles to transport their freight.

A USDOT Number Registration protects customers against fraud and is an easy way to check a trucking company’s safety record. It also helps in verifying their legitimacy and compliance with regulations. However, some companies often try to hide their safety records by creating fake USDOT Numbers. Hence, use the FMCSA website to see if the number on the company’s website is legit.

WHO NEEDS USDOT NUMBER?

All trucking companies with a Gross Vehicle Weight above 10,000 pounds and participating in interstate commerce must register their vehicles with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and obtain a USDOT Number. Motor carriers transporting hazardous materials such as propane, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides also need it.

HOW TO CHECK USDOT NUMBER FOR TRUCKS

Ensuring the trucking company, you want to hire has a registered USDOT Number is vital for the safety of your freight. It allows you to make an informed decision based on the company’s past performance.

Here is how to check below:

USE THE FMCSA’S SAFER SYSTEM SEARCH PAGE

The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System is a database with trucking company safety and complaints information. Thus, individuals and companies can search for USDOT Numbers using the SAFER system search page.

SEARCH WITH COMPANY NAME

Go to the FMCSA official website search menu and write the company’s name. Ensure you change the search criteria to “Name” before pressing the search button. Also, many trucking companies have similar names so pay attention to ensure you select the accurate one.

SELECT THE CORRECT NAME

Trucking companies are registered with their legal name on the FMCSA website, and many trucking companies have similar names. Thus, it is easy to choose the wrong company if you do not know its base state. You can get the company’s location on their website or with a quick google search.

GO THROUGH THE COMPANY SNAPSHOT PAGE

The snapshot page consists of the company’s profile and data such as their complaint and inspection history, safety and performance ratings, accidents, and others. You will also find their legal name and USDOT Number. Check if their identification and contact information match the ones provided on the website and ensure their USDOT Number is not declared: Out of Service.

KEY TAKEAWAY

USDOT Number helps protect individuals and companies that need movers from hiring an unreputable company. Checking the FMCSA database will provide vital information on their safety and compliance history


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Before operating as a trucking company in the United States, there are numerous permits and licenses you must obtain and keep current. Adhering to these regulations is key to maintaining your legal authority. It also indicates you have the skills, knowledge, and determination to ensure the safe movement of drivers, freight, and other commercial road users. Failure to comply can result in state-imposed penalties, denial, revocation, and suspension of your license. Global Multi services have the expertise and experience to help you navigate required permits before you hit the road. We provide trucking permit services to ensure you stay in compliance with regulations.

DIFFERENT PERMITS AND LICENSES

UCR PERMIT

The Unified Carrier Registration is compulsory for motor carriers hauling freight across states and international borders. Trucking companies must register in their base jurisdiction to obtain UCR Permit. They are also required to pay an annual fee according to the number of vehicles in their fleet. Failure to comply with this regulation can lead to detention and penalties by the officials.

MC AUTHORITY

Trucking authority is a unique identifier issued to commercial trucking companies by the  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to participate in interstate commerce. Obtaining your MC Authority gives you complete freedom to run your trucking business and stay compliant with the industry regulations.

USDOT NUMBER

USDOT Number is issued to trucking companies by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to monitor the safety information obtained during compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections. It also ensures safe, modern, and efficient transport systems in the United States. Failure to obtain your USDOT Number can lead to costly fines and penalties.

MOTOR CARRIER PERMIT

A motor carrier permit is a document issued to motor carriers as evidence of registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles. It also indicates meeting all the requirements to operate commercially in the United States. The permit contains information specific to the motor carrier information such as Name, CA#, Mailing address, permit expiration date, and many more.

IRP PLATES

The  International Registration Plan allows motor carriers to operate in all 48 contagious states and Canadian provinces at a specific weight with one plate. Motor carriers must register in their base jurisdiction to receive IRP Plates. They must also track and report the mileage driven in each jurisdiction and file IRP Plate Renewal quarterly to stay compliant.

IFTA PERMITS

The International Fuel Tax Agreement allows motor carriers to use a single fuel license while operating across member jurisdictions. Qualified motor carriers must register, obtain IFTA permits and file IFTA Fuel Tax Returns in their base jurisdiction.

OTHER PERMITS

Trucking companies need to obtain a New Mexico permit, Kentucky Permit, New York HUT, and Oregon permits to travel across these states. Motor carriers planning to operate across Canada must also register and obtain a Canada permit to be eligible.

THE BENEFITS OF USING GLOBAL MULTI SERVICES

PROVIDE THE PERMIT YOU NEED

Every state has different permit regulations, and motor carriers operating interstate must have the permits to avoid penalties. Understanding the permits you need in each state can be stressful and confusing. That’s why we are here to take on the process for you. We will help you get all the permits you need to travel in each state.

FAST PROCESSING TIME

Applying for permits in different states can be time-consuming. Your application can also be delayed or canceled if you make mistakes. Global Multi Services speeds up the process for you without error. We know the requirements for each state and will get all the permits you need in the shortest possible time.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Global Multi Services offers fast, easy, and affordable trucking permits. Our specialists will work with you to keep you and your fleet up-to-date.


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Running a trucking company requires complying with regulations and familiarizing yourself with the intricacies of permits. These include obtaining IFTA permits, IFTAL Decal, USDOT Numbers, etc. These regulations ensure trucking companies conform to safety requirements and other guidelines that affect nearly every aspect of the trucking industry. It also keeps them on track and avoids paying fines.

According to research, trucking companies that prioritize safety and compliance grow successful businesses. With that said, here are ways trucking companies can avoid penalties and fines.

  • Obtain IFTA Permit
  • Compliance with Hour of Service
  • Obtain USDOT Number
  • Drug and alcohol testing

OBTAIN IFTA PERMIT 

For many decades, motor carriers had to apply for licenses and file fuel taxes with each state based on fuel purchased and consumed within each jurisdiction. This process was highly tedious, inefficient, and time-consuming. These lead to the establishment of IFTA.

With IFTA, carriers could use a single fuel license when operating interstate. It also simplifies fuel tax collection for motor carriers. But motor carriers must register in their base state to obtain IFTA Decal, IFTA Permit, and file IFTA Fuel Tax Returns. These keep them in compliance and avoid paying fines.

COMPLIANCE WITH HOUR OF SERVICE 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration specifies the number of hours truck drivers are allowed to be behind the wheel daily and weekly. These prevent truckers from becoming tired on the road. It also minimizes the risk of crashes and ensures they rest before they start their next shift. Understanding HOS and ensuring your drivers comply with it save you from penalties and build customers’ trust.

OBTAIN USDOT NUMBER 

The USDOT Number is mandatory for trucking companies operating interstates. It is a unique identification number assigned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track trucking companies’ performance, compliance review, safety information, crash investigation, and many more. These ensure secure, modern, and efficient transport systems. Obtaining USDOT Number requires filling out and submitting your application form with the DOT. These can be time-consuming and hectic for newbies. Global Multi Services provides step-by-step guidance to obtain your USDOT Number. We ensure your application is processed accurately and promptly.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING

The FMCSA requires trucking companies to complete drug and alcohol testing programs. Trucking companies must always test their employees for drugs and alcohol to ensure safety. Their drivers must test negative before they start driving. Drug and alcohol testing is also required after an accident to ensure the driver stays compliant while driving.

THE BOTTOM LINE 

Staying up to date with industry regulations is vital for the success and reputation of your trucking company. Establish a culture of compliance today to boost business reputation and avoid being penalized.

Global Multi Services can help you avoid violations and follow DOT laws and regulations. Our professionals are here to make your job easier by providing a quick and error-free permit.