Everyday, hundreds apply to the United States Department of Transportation for a USDOT number to provide transportation services within the United States.. This applies to all surface and sub-surface transportation, interstate and/or intrastate. MOST individuals today applying for a USDOT number DO NOT know the difference between interstate and intrastate.
In trucking you need to update your MCS-150 every 2 years. This should demystify the process for you.
Considering changing the name of your company
Many people jump right into applying for an MC/DOT number with just a sole proprietor or partnership then decide later to incorporate.
This is all well and good however it can cause some expensive issues.
If you've been around the government agencies for any length of time you know there are tons of acronyms. And trucking is no exception.
If you're new to trucking this list should help you sort out all of the acronyms and learn the lingo...
Written by Rex Evilsizor
The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) was the first transportation surface and sub-surface regulatory agency in the United States created by the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. The agency's original purpose was to regulate railroads (and later trucking) to ensure fair rates, to eliminate rate discrimination, and to regulate other aspects of common carriers, including interstate bus lines, travel bureaus, and telephone companies.
Hi! I've been working in this industry for over 32 years. I've learned a lot and want to share it with you to help you keep this process simple!