As of September 1, 2018, intrastate motor carriers in Massachusetts are required to obtain and display a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) number per 540 CMR 2.22, the Commercial Marking section of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) regulations. Strict enforcement of the new regulations has been delayed until January 1, 2019 to allow time to obtain and display the numbers.
Who must Register?
This applies to motor carriers operating the following commercial motor vehicles (CMVs):
- Operating in intrastate commerce having a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds.
- Used in the transportation of hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.
- Designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, used in intrastate commerce in Massachusetts.
If a company operates a subject vehicle, it must be permanently marked with a USDOT number assigned in a manner conforming to the provisions of 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 390.21. Please note that the requirement for a USDOT number is based upon the definition above, regardless of how any individual vehicle may be registered with the Massachusetts RMV.
How do I Register?
To obtain a USDOT Number, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. From there, follow the Registration link to obtain an intrastate USDOT number. The company will be issued a single USDOT number that must be displayed on all CMVs as defined above that the company operates, including leased vehicles. There is no charge to obtain this number from the USDOT-FMCSA.