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New Entrant failed safety audit

How does a New Entrant get a review of a failed safety audit?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates a New Entrant Program for all new motor carriers during their first 18 months on the job. The purpose of the program is to introduce drivers to safety standards and regulations at the federal level. The FMCSA automatically enrolls new motor carriers in the program when they … Read more

Changing company's legal name

If I change my company’s legal name, do I need a new USDOT Number?

When you make changes to your brand’s legal name or the format of your business, you will also need to update key records and information with a variety of organizations. If you are changing your company’s legal name, you might wonder if you need a new USDOT Number or if your DOT Number will follow … Read more

Cargo tank inspection

How do I know if an inspection is a cargo tank inspection?

The Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is responsible for regulating the transportation of hazardous materials (HM). This includes actions completed by shippers, motor carriers, and commercial drivers. Guidelines for transporting hazardous materials also falls under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Those affected by these regulations … Read more

Review of adjudicated citation

How to request a review of an adjudicated citation as a motor carrier

On August 23, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created an adjudicated citation policy that allows drivers and motor carriers to argue against a citation. The term adjudicated citation refers to a citation received by a motor carrier or driver that has resolved through some type of due process. This occurs through a … Read more

Recent investigations

What is a part of recent investigations?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides data to authorized people regarding the outcome of recent safety investigations. Drivers, employers, and other authorized parties should navigate to the Recent Investigations tab on the FMCSA portal to see results from the last five inspections. The dates on the five most recent investigations may span a … Read more

Operating authority application

Why was my operating authority application dismissed and how do I fix it?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires trucking companies that meet certain criteria to apply for operating authority. This is in addition to the number all drivers and motor carriers must obtain from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).

What if a medical condition has developed since your last certificate?

What if I have a medical condition that developed since my last certificate?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers who drive a vehicle interstate weighing more than 10,000 pounds to obtain a valid Medical Certificate. You must schedule an exam with a licensed Medical Examiner from the Department of Transportation (DOT) when you first apply for your commercial driver’s license and every two years … Read more

Hazardous Materials Safety Permit

What do carriers have to do to get a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers who transport certain types of materials to apply for and maintain a hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP). Drivers and motor carriers can refer to 49 CFR 385.403 to find further information about hazardous materials and to ensure they understand FMCSA expectations in this manner.

Driver violations and Clearinghouse

How does Clearinghouse keep track of driver violations?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for the purpose of keeping habitually unsafe commercial drivers off the road. It began requiring employers to use the Clearinghouse in January 2020 to keep track of driver violations. In addition to employers and the FMCSA, information in the Clearinghouse is available … Read more