The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in United States.

You do not need to keep your DOT Number Active but need to notify FMCSA if you go out of business.

Yes! FMCSA requires to update their information every two years under its jurisdiction.

Yes! After deactivation of your DOT number, you can reactivate if your TAX ID for your business has NOT Changed. 

If you, a) Transport federally regulated commodities owned by others or arranging for their transport, (for a fee or other compensation, in interstate commerce. b) Transport passengers in interstate commerce (for a fee or other compensation, either direct or indirect.


In these circumstances, you are required to have an interstate Operating Authority also known as MC NUMBER in addition to a DOT NUMBER.


FMCSA also operating authority is often identified as an MC, FF and/or MX number, depending on the type of authority granted. Unlike the USDOT Number process, a company may need to have multiple operating authorities to support its business operations. 

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requires ALL entities in its jurisdiction to update information every 2 years. Even if NO information has been not changed, has stopped interstate operations since the last update, or NO longer in Business and you have not informed FMCSA.

Yes! FMCSA states it’s a must to participate in random drug and alcohol testing.

Everyone with a Commercial Driver License also short for CDL who operates a vehicle that is over 26,000 lbs. or passenger vehicle with a 16 or more capacity.

a) Follow up required of random testing after the employee returns to duty. 

b) If returned to duty after previous positive test 

c) If there is reasonable suspicion determined by supervisor

d) If no previous negative drug test on file 

e) Required after any fatality, moving violation citation with disabled vehicle and/or moving violation citation and medical treatment from previous existing accident.

Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005, it replaces the former system for registering and collecting fees from the operators of vehicles engaged in interstate travel.