What Aspects Make The Process Difficult?
The DOT number application will not be complete and will not be accepted if all information is not completed or truthfully recorded. If the applicant has ever been granted a DOT number in the past that has been revoked, they must disclose this on the new application. In the event that this revocation is not disclosed, this may be cause for the automatic denial of the new DOT number application. The DOT number application will need to be signed and dated, which may only be carried out by an authorized individual within the company. This authorized individual may include the business owner, a partner in the business, a designated corporation official, or someone who holds power of attorney for the business. Before the application for operating authority can be submitted, the person who has signed the application will need to input credit card information into the application system.
When Will I Get My DOT Number?
Once the application has been submitted and approved, a DOT number will be issued immediately. However, if the FMCSA finds any information is missing or not submitted, the DOT number can be suspended at any time. The DOT number should be written down and recorded within company records until the paperwork arrives in the mail directly from the FMCSA. The DOT number is valid and active as soon as it has been issued, even if this is before the official paperwork has arrived in the mail. A company may use the recorded number in the event any officials needs a record of their active DOT number.
Renewal of DOT numbers typically occurs once every two years. The FMCSA requires that any company under their jurisdiction update their information at least every two years to ensure that they have the correct information needed in order to carry out inspections and keep track of commercial transportation. Each company must also update their DOT application in the event that the company changes its name and/or address. To update their DOT number, a company will need to have either their EIN or SSN. They will also need a PIN issued to them by the FMCSA. If a company fails to update their information at the two-year mark, the company may be subject to fines as well as the deactivation of their DOT number. The fines can range from $1,000 a day up to $10,000. Each company may update their information online through the FMCSA website or by mail. There is no cost for a company to update their information.