There are several steps that are required for a business to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, beginning with determining the specific FMSCA requirements based on the type of company being set up. Depending on the type of company, businesses may be subject to registration requirements for both safety and commercial regulations.
If the company is subject to the safety regulations, they are required to obtain a United States Department of Transportation number in addition to an MC number.
After determining the applicable requirements, the company must then determine which forms need to be filed. The company must then fill out and submit all of the applicable forms to FMSCA, as well as completing any necessary state registration requirements.
Next, the company must then begin the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program, after which time it can then obtain its permanent USDOT registration. Once the company has the permanent USDOT number, it must then update its registration information with the FMSCA every two years. Failure to properly update this information every two years may lead to the company having its USDOT number being deactivated. In addition, the company may also be subject to a penalty of up to $1,000 per day, which cannot exceed $10,000, as of 2015.