States Requiring Intrastate CMV DOT Registration

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Apart from federal regulations, some states require their intrastate commercial motor vehicle registrants to obtain a USDOT Number. As of Feb 2017 the 32 states which require DOT #’s are:

Alaska – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more. Alaska DOT 907-365-1210

Alabama – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more Alabama DOT 334-242-2999

Arizona – DOT # required for CMV

California – Carrier ID Motor Carrier of Property Permit 916-657-6803

Connecticut – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Connecticut DOT 800-842-8222

Colorado – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more Colorado DOR 303-205-5607


Florida – DOT FL # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Florida DOT 850-488-7920

Georgia – DOT GA # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Georgia DOR 404-675-6135

Indiana – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Indiana DOR 317-615-7200

Kansas – DOT KS # required for CMV Kansas Corp Comm 800-832-5660

Kentucky – DOT KY # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more KY Trans Cabinet 502-564-4127

Maine – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more Maine State Police 207-624-8939

Maryland – DOT MD # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more MD State Hwy Admin 410-582-5739

Michigan – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more  State Police 888-464-8736

Minnesota – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more MN State Patrol 651-405-6060

Missouri – DOT MO # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Missouri DOT 866-831-6277

Montana –DOT # required for CMV

New Jersey – DOT # required for CMV

New York – DOT NY # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more New York DOT 866-881-2630

North Carolina -DOT NC # required

Ohio – DOT OH # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more OH Bureau of MV 614-777-8400

Oklahoma – DOT OK # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more OK Corp Comm 405-521-3246

Oregon – DOT OR # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Oregon DOT 503-378-6699

Pennsylvania – DOT # required for CMV

South Carolina – DOT # required for CMV

Tennessee – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more TN Dept of Safety 615-687-2260

Texas – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Texas DOT 800-299-1700

Utah – DOT UT # required for CMV UT State Tax Comm 810-297-7780


Washington – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more WA Dept of Licensing 360-664-1858

West Virginia – DOT # required for CMV – WV Pub Svc Comm 304-340-0483

Wisconsin – DOT # required for CMV

Wyoming – DOT WY # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more WY DOT 307-777-4772

The source for this information is from FMSCSA 2017. For example FMCSA notes the following states as requiring DOT RegistrationDoINeedaDOTNumberStep3.jpg

 States can change, or upgrade their requirements. Check with states that don’t require DOT registration as noted above: just to make sure there are no surprises.  To ASSUME makes an ASS of U and Me.  Drive safe, DOT  helps make it so.


Carriers 101 on Coercion

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When a D.O.T. auditor shows up to investigate about a driver you had or currently employee, and they discover you scheduling requires him to break FMCSA regulations . . . the driver may not be the one on the hot seat.  When the auditor asks for your explanation . . .
  • I thought it was ok . . .
  • We’ve always done it this way. . .
  • No one ever told me . . .
  • I fired him because he wouldn’t do his scheduled route in time . . .

and other variations on a carrier’s  “its-not-my-fault” explanations will not fly now that  ‘driver coercion” was added by the D.O.T. in its effort to go beyond roadside inspections and gain more FMCSA compliance from Carriers. (Read More:   DOT roadside Inspections enforcement status  and 10 Hours of Duty Rule)

FMCSA backs drivers with coercion rule  : Kevin Jones

A new rule to protect drivers from being compelled to violate federal safety regulations is set to publish today in the Federal Register. Known as the “driver coercion” rule, it provides FMCSA with the authority to go after not only carriers, but also shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries. ( read more )


What is Coercion?

Such actions are used as leverage, to force or leverage the victim to act in a way contrary to their own interests.


A driver is given a route  which he points out  is impossible to complete without going over the 11 hrs driving and or 14 hrs on-duty DOT rule.  If the driver reluctantly accepts the task because they fear the loss of their position or their job it could be considered coercion.  Accidents and road side inspections with a citation will go hard on the carrier, especially if the driver challenges their citation because of coercion.

Who Is Exempt From FMCSA ELD Rule

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For many of the carriers I know, you will be exempt from the ELD ruling if your Drivers use paper DOT RODS for not more that 8 days during each 30 day period.  This exemption was made clear on August 31st 2016.

FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

Here’s a video on the goals of ELD’s




Never Leaves the State – Do I Need a USDOT Number?

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A carrier who picks up product at the airport and never leaves their state asks, Do I Need a USDOT Number?

dotnumbersvanThe answer is yes.  As an added plus you, as a carrier, will be guided to set standards for yourself and your team which help make your participation in the marketplace more successful.  How?  You drivers and products will get from A to B more often, without injury or accident injuring others.

Companies operating commercial vehicles which transport passengers or haul cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul 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.

I am still not clear about why I need to  Register for a  US DOT Number?

You are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that . . .

  • 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; orstraighttruckdotnumber
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
  • Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous and transported in a quantity requiring placarding.

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.  

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above in both the green and orange/red areas, you are a carrier who is required by FMCSA to obtain US DOT Number.

DOTFleets Note:

Some carriers think they are not required to register for a DOT number because their trucks only pick up product at the airport and deliver only within the their state, intrastate carriers.  However, if they pick up product that originated outside of their state they are INTERSTATE CARRIERS according to the last provision in red

Still confused?  Call up your local state DOT office and ask this simple question, “If I pick up interstate product at the airport and my trucks are alway within our state, am I required to register for a DOT number?

How to Comply with Federal Regulations

It is the responsibility of motor carrier operators and drivers to know and comply with all applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Safety compliance and safe operations translate into saved lives and property.  We believe the information in this package, when effectively applied, will contribute to safer motor carrier operations and highways.

Some States Require Carriers Register With DOT Number 
Click Here to see if your state is on of them.