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Indiana DOT Laws

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jjfinn, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. jjfinn

    jjfinn Member
    Messages: 56

    Hey guys I have been in business a couple years now, I have my Insurance then this year found out that I need DOT numbers on my truck also. I am in the process of doing all that and now I am being told that I need a CDL. Comeon a CDL for a Dodge Ram 2500 with a trailer in summer and Plow in the winter? :dizzy: Can someone help me out? Just need to know if I do in fact need a CDL on top of all the other stuff I already have.. Thanks for your time.
  2. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    You only need a CDL if your truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 lbs or more.

    Go to the Indiana DMV website and search for the CDL manual so you can print it off and show anyone who asks.

    You will need the DOT numbers.
  3. jjfinn

    jjfinn Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks so much for your help. Its been so confusing the last couple days!
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    How big of trailer?
  5. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Just about any trailer behind that truck will require DOT numbers. I believe if truck/trailer combined GVWR over 10k requires DOT.
    Call the Dually Depot in Elkhart right off CR.6 across from the airport. It's my grandfather's place and he took care of my DOT for truck/trailer. I had to call USDOT to get numbers but he did the inspections for me. They'll be able to answer any questions you have.
  6. jjfinn

    jjfinn Member
    Messages: 56

    With my trailer the truck weight is a little under 12k..
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    What is your truck's and trailer's GVWR?
  8. jjfinn

    jjfinn Member
    Messages: 56

    Trucks 8800 and the trailer is 2960.
  9. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    No the CDL and Yes on the DOT#'s. ;)
  10. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 535

    not to add fuel to the fire but how about a medical card for being above 10,000 gvw. And if you are hauling more than the reportable quantity of a hazard material that needs to be placard you will probably need to be a cdl in order to get a hazmat endorsement. For example, you could put 4 55 gallon drums of weed killer in the back of the pickup, you wouldn't exceed the weight requirements but you would need the placards. Each state is different in how they enforce all these regulations. Best to consult your state DOT and try to comply the best you can. Several threads on site about all the regs and rules that apply. Inspectors can be dicks about the width of plows too