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FMCSA vetting process

What you need to know about the FMCSA Vetting Process

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires companies that meet certain criteria to apply for operating authority, also known as an MC number. This is in addition to the Department of Transportation (DOT) number that all companies and drivers need. Your company requires an MC number if it transports passengers for interstate commerce for … Read more

Hours of service change

Hours of Service change proposed by FMCSA

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) recently proposed an hours of service change that would allow commercial drivers subject to the authority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to pause the clock that currently limits them to 14 on-duty hours in a single day. The pause would allow drivers up to stop … Read more

Brake Safety Inspection Week

Brake Safety Inspection Week Blitz is September 15 to 21

Every year since 1998, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has sponsored Brake Safety Inspection week in September. This year’s event, which takes place between Sunday, September 15 and Saturday, September 21, will feature random roadside inspections on commercial vehicles located throughout North America. The CVSA works in close association with law enforcement officials to … Read more

Setting up FMCSA portal account

How to set up an FMCSA portal account

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) manages a portal system that allows industry users as well as federal and state employees to access the system with a single user ID and password. The FMCSA portal account contains important safety data for individual drivers and commercial trucking companies that fall under the authority of the … Read more

DOT Numer and MC Number

Should the address and company name be the same on MC and DOT?

A common question of commercial truckers and owner-operators is whether their demographic data (address, business name, etc.) must match between various records kept by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT). Does the DOT information have to match the MC Operating Authority information? The answer to this question is yes. … Read more

How can you get a medical exemption?

How do I request a trucking medical exemption or waiver?

As part of its commitment to keep America’s roadways safe, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers to submit to regular physical exams. Those with a known condition such as diabetes or vision problems that could impact safety must carry a medical card from the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT operates … Read more

How can a truck driver find a medical examiner to get a certificate?

How to find a certified medical examiner for trucking

The Department of Transportation (DOT), a division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requires all job applicants to complete and pass a medical examination before an employer can formally offer them a job. All drivers must schedule a new exam with a medical examiner every 24 months as a condition of their ongoing … Read more

FMCSA Clearinghouse

What is the FMCSA Clearinghouse for truckers?

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is rolling out a new program called Clearinghouse, and it will usher in some big changes for truckers. It’s going to be operational in January 2020, and that’s going to be here before we know it.

USDOT Number

When do I change the business name on my USDOT Number?

Companies change names for a variety of reasons, including a change of ownership or taking on a name that seems more marketable. If you own a trucking company, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires you to complete certain steps to make the business name change official in its documentation. When do you change … Read more