The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers a United States Department of Transportation number search on its home page. The USDOT number is used to access an electronic record of a company's information.
On the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, enter the USDOT number or company name in the Search USDOT section. The USDOT search provides information about the company and its activity regarding compliance and safety.
Detailed information shown in the USDOT search includes safety rating, licensing and insurance information, history of company penalties for the past six years, and the company's summary of activities. Additionally, the USDOT information also shows the company's Behavior Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories. This information shows the company's history of unsafe driving, vehicle maintenance, hazardous materials compliance, crash indicator and hours-of-service compliance. A brief summary is included with each violation showing a description of each violation and the severity of the violation.