1. What is a USDOT MCS-150 Biennial Report?
USDOT Numbers are used by the USDOT to monitor a company or independent owner-operator's safety management practices and controls. They serve as unique identifiers when the USDOT collects data and reviews a company's compliance during safety audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and roadside inspections. A Biennial Update of Motor Carrier Identification Report (MCS-150) is a required filing to update your USDOT record. All motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)* in interstate commerce are required to file a Motor Carrier Identification Report, Form MCS-150. *A CMV is a vehicle that: has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 10,001 lbs or more; carries hazardous materials in quantities requiring a placard; or is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. You must file an MCS-150 the first time before you begin operations. This requirement went into effect on July 3, 2000. Effective January, 2001, you must also file an MCS 150 biennial report every 24 months, according to this schedule:
USDOT Number ending in: Must file by last day of:
If the next-to-last digit of your USDOT number is odd, you must file your update in every odd numbered calendar year. If the next-to-last digit of your USDOT number is even, you must file your update in every even numbered calendar year.
Examples: Motor Carrier USDOT 123456 files its update in June (month 6) 2001 (odd year).
Motor Carrier USDOT 123467 files its update in July (month 7) 2002 (even year).
To expedite you MCS-150 submission and file online through DOTAuthority.com, CLICK HERE.
Note: some states are participating in the FMCSA's PRISM program, which links State commercial motor vehicle registration to the safety fitness of motor carriers. Some states now require you to submit an MCS-150 annually (if you have not filed an MCS-150 within the last 12 months) as a condition for vehicle registration for vehicles over 26,000 lbs being registered under the apportioned plate International Registration Plan (IRP).
2. Who needs a USDOT Number?
1. Companies that operate commercial motor vehicles that transport passengers or haul cargo across state lines must be registered with the USDOT and must have and display an "Interstate USDOT Number" on their vehicles.
2. Companies operating within PRISM states (as of 2008, all states except Maryland, Michigan & Nevada) must have an "Intrastate USDOT Number" unless they have secured state-issued operating authority.
3. Companies that transport hazardous materials within their state, in quantities requiring a safety permit, must also register for a USDOT Number.
4. In select states (see states listed below*), all registrants of commercial motor vehicles, even intrastate and non-Motor Carrier registrants, are required to obtain a "Registrant USDOT Number" as a necessary condition for commercial vehicle registration.
*Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Companies operating exclusively as property ("freight") brokers or and freight forwarders do not need to obtain a USDOT Number. Brokers arranging for transportation across state lines must obtain a property broker license evidenced by an MC Number. Freight forwarders must obtain authority and are issued FF Numbers. Non-hazmat shippers do not need a regulatory number.
3. How do I get a USDOT Number?
You may secure a USDOT Number online through this website for $300. Click the appropriate link below to start the application process...
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Click Here if you will always stay within your state.
Click Here if you will ever travel from state-to-state.
4. What happens after I get a USDOT Number?
1. You will be enrolled in the New Entrant Program. Effective January 1, 2003, all first-time carrier applicants for a USDOT Number are automatically enrolled in the USDOT's New Entrant Safety Assurance Program. This program requires new entrants to pass a safety audit within 90 days and maintain acceptable roadside safety performance over an initial 18-month probationary period before they are given permanent registration status. You may sign up for the Carrier Assistance Plan ("CAP") to help prepare for your Mandatory Safety Audit and pass your probation.
2. You will need to comply with IFTA & IRP if you operate vehicles over 26,000 lbs. You may also need HUT, KYU and permits from NM and/or OR. Click the link above or cll our tax office at (888) 4414-1874.
3. You will need a SCAC Code if you operate internationally or receive EDI payments from government and other shippers. Click on the link above or call (888) 414-1874 to get a SCAC Code for your company.
4. You will need to Renew UCR annually.
5. You will need to submit a Biennial Report every 24 months.