The Department of Transportation application and registration process can be a very detailed, involved process. We understand you have a lot to worry about and don’t have time to check every little detail of your DOT registration. That’s where our DOT number registration assistance come in.

We’re your one stop shop for DOT Compliance Registration and implementation for your fleet. American Carrier Services can assist you with filing your DOT application, as well as getting your trucks number stickers to display their DOT number in compliance with regulations.


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DOT Compliance for Trucking Companies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) assigns DOT numbers to all registered commercial vehicles requiring them. The DOT number indicates the carrier rather than each truck or vehicle. Carrier vehicles that weigh more than a certain amount, operate between state lines or transport a specific number of paying passengers need these numbers. In most states, local DOT requirements also apply.

A common misconception in commercial transportation is that only long-haul trucking companies require DOT numbers. This assumption isn't always valid. While some states mandate DOT numbers for a broad range of operations, some exemptions could apply.

Regardless of your type of operation, the experts at American Carrier Services can help make your registration process easy.

When Do You Need to File for USDOT Registration?

Companies must file a USDOT registration if they intend to have their drivers perform any of the following activities:

  • Operate a commercial vehicle on interstate routes
  • Drive a vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds
  • Transport nine to 15 passengers in a vehicle for compensation
  • Transport 16 or more passengers without receiving compensation
  • Transport any hazardous material

If the activities above do not apply to your type of work, you may not need to complete a USDOT registration. Your only requirement might be filing a registration with your state office. Our team can help you determine which factors apply to your situation.

DOT Registration Requirements

The process of filing a USDOT application is relatively straightforward. It's critical to have the appropriate information on hand, particularly details regarding the legal classification of your company. Some of the general information you need to apply includes:

  • Company operation.
  • Operation classification.
  • Cargo classification.
  • The number of vehicles you plan to drive.
  • The makes or models of vehicles you'll operate.
  • Whether you own or lease the vehicles you'll use.
  • Whether you plan to operate on an interstate or intrastate basis.
  • Your hazmat classification if you intend on transporting hazardous materials.

Special laws apply to farming vehicles, landscaping vehicles, vans and vehicles for nonprofit use.

When you hire a third-party registration service like American Carrier Services, you eliminate all the guesswork from the process. Our services spare you from researching and understanding all the FMCSA requirements, allowing you to focus on the core operations of your business. By working with us, you can avoid the possibility of expensive fines for trucking companies and drivers that violate the DOT requirements.

DOT Application Assistance

If your trucking company needs DOT registration assistance or application assistance services, check out our DOT assistance services or order online for fast, reliable help with your DOT registration. We provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Filing for a New DOT Number: If you’re involved in interstate commerce, you must have a US DOT number. Each truck must also have that number displayed on the side of their tractor. American Carrier Services can help ensure your application meets all the necessary requirements.
  • Biennial MCS-150 Renewal: Every two years, you must complete a Biennial MCS-150 Renewal by filling out a Motor Carrier Identification Report with updated information, even if there are no changes in your interstate operation or company status. On this form, you must furnish specific information about your operation to the FMCSA, including whether you’re a hazardous materials carrier or passenger vehicle, your mileage and the number of vehicles in your fleet. These details allow the FMCSA to verify that the information associated with your DOT number is accurate.
  • Initial and Annual Registration Filing: All interstate carriers must complete this paperwork initially, and yearly thereafter.
  • Application for MC Number: Operating Authority: You may need to get more than one operating authority to support your trucking company. You may also see the MC referred to as “MX” or “FF.”
  • Reinstatement of MC Number: Operating Authority: Unless you are a passenger carrier that was found to be an imminent hazard or received an unsatisfactory rating, you can ask for an MC number to be reinstated, though you must have the proper form filled out and insurance lined up.
  • United Carrier Registration: Also referred to as UCR, United Carrier Registration is mandatory for trucking companies that transport cargo across states. The UCR agreement applies to interstate for-hire property and passenger carriers, exempt for-hire carriers, private property carriers, interstate freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies. American Carrier Services can handle it for you, ensuring your information is accurate and your renewal is complete on time.

DOT Number Registration Assistance From American Carrier Services

You risk losing money to fines or time to delays if you fill out these forms incorrectly or fail to file them at all. With so much else on your mind, such as scheduling, paying salaries and routing, you may find DOT compliance falls off your to-do list.

Let us shoulder the responsibility for you. When you hire us to take care of your DOT application, you can rest assured knowing that your company will be ready to go in no time at all. Contact us today to find out what your trucking company needs or order your DOT number registration assistance online.