DOT # – September 1st – TIME IS RUNNING OUT

DOT # Changes:
Some mothers and fathers may be looking forward to summer ending, however I am sure a lot of small business owners operating pick up trucks and trailers in Massachusetts are wishing they had a few more weeks. There are big changes to who needs a DOT # coming September 1st.
Have faith – there is still time!!
September 1 is the deadline to obtain a DOT # and properly display the name of your company, address Phone # and DOT number on all commercial motor vehicles that weigh 10,001 lbs or more or in combination with a trailer weigh even if you do not travel out of state
Important distinction: You do not need a DOT# if you operate a motor truck or in combination with a trailer that has a maximum load capacity of 2,000 lbs -10,000lbs BUT you do need to have your vehicles MARKED according to the 540 CMR2.22
So lets recap – You need a DOT# and proper marking if:
  • You are the owner of motor truck used for the transportation of goods, wares or merchandise for hire, gain or reward
  • Engaged 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; or Designed to transport more than 15 passengers including the driver, used in intrastate commerce in Massachusetts


If you have any questions, or need to obtain your DOT # by the deadline, please contact our office and speak to our highly trained Commercial Lines Representative that can walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Your Business First…