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US DOT FAQ

What are USDOT Decal Requirements? Do I need to display a U.S. DOT number?

United States Department of Transportation requires a US DOT Number to be displayed on both sides of all Commercial Vehicles. The USDOT Number must be visible from 50 feet away, typically 2” in height minimum, and in a color that is visible on your vehicle. Ie: Black on white, yellow on blue, etc. We have over 50 colors to choose from, and over 50 fonts so you will have endless possibilities.

Other "Required" Decal Numbers

Depending on your states regulations your operation will require a wide variety of combinations of regulation number decals. All truck door regulation numbers should be 2” in height minimum and in a color that is visible on your vehicle. Some examples of Regulation Number Decals your state may require include; USDOT Number, MC, KYU, ICC, TCP, TXDOT, VIN, GVWR, PUC or a state number such as a CA Number.

If you’re looking for boat registration decals, 3” Decals are required for registered vessels.

What decal regulations numbers does my company need to display?

We recommend these essential lines for compliance in all 50 States: Company Logo, Company Name, City & State of Operation, USDOT Number, GVWR, VIN (last 8 Characters) & State mandated Regulation Number if applicable.

How do you design vinyl usdot registration numbers?

All you have to do is select a product that fits your company’s needs from our wide selection of templates. All of our templates are USDOT compliant and our satisfaction guarantee is always included with your order.

After selecting a template, simply type your regulation numbers into the appropriate lines as provided on the product page and select add to cart. We will take care of the finishing touches on your design to insure it looks professional.

Do I need to display my mc number? What is MC operating authority?

 In general, companies that do the following are required to have interstate operating authority (MC number) in addition to a DOT number:

  • Operating as for-hire carriers (for a fee or other compensation)
  • Transporting passengers, or arranging for their transport, in interstate commerce
  • Transporting federally regulated commodities or arranging for their transport, in interstate commerce

Operating Authority means the registration required by 49 U.S.C. 1390249 CFR part 36549 CFR part 368, and 49 CFR 392.9a.

FMCSA operating authority is also referred to as an "MC," "FF," or "MX" number, depending on the type of authority that is granted. Unlike the USDOT Number application process, a company may need to obtain multiple operating authorities to support its planned business operations. Operating Authority dictates the type of operation a company may run and the cargo it may carry.

We recommend these essential lines for compliance in all 50 States: Company Logo, Company Name, City & State of Operation, USDOT Number, GVWR, VIN (last 8 Characters) & State mandated Regulation Number if applicable.

Can a person have 2 DOT numbers?

 The FMCSA's policy is to assign a unique U.S. D.O.T. identification number to each person required to identify themselves with FMCSA under 49 U.S.C. 13902, 31134 and 49 C.F.R. 390.19T or 390.200T.  USDOT numbers are not transferable and are assigned to only one person and remain assigned to that person forever.  A person includes an individual, corporation, partnership, or other business organization as authorized by state law.  Each separate and distinct person must have separate registration.

A sole proprietor can maintain its USDOT number when it changes its current form of business, and the new entity will continue to operate virtually the same (absent the form of business change) as before the change.  There would be no change in company officials, address, or other demographic information and the new entity will maintain identical operations, employees and assets.  FMCSA will permit a change in the Tax ID number based on the new articles of incorporation.

Only one USDOT number may be displayed on a commercial vehicle. The markings of the motor carrier responsible for the operation of the CMV must be displayed at the time of transportation. If 2 or more names are on the vehicle, the name of the operating motor carrier must be preceded by the words "operated by."