United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Number is main tracking number for your trucking company. The USDOT Number functions as a distinctive identifier when gathering and surveying a company’s safety protocols during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections. In order for companies to operate commercial vehicles which haul cargo and/or transport passengers, you must be registered with the FMCSA and obtain a USDOT Number. Companies who haul commercial intrastate hazardous materials.
If you are a new carrier applicant, a USDOT Number will be automatically enrolled in the FMCSA New Entrant Safety Assurance Program. This 18 month program requires new applicants to pass a safety audit and maintain acceptable roadside safety performance, before they are granted permanent registration status.