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How To Get A Dot Number

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by KUJAWA RSK, Jul 15, 2004.


    KUJAWA RSK Member
    from PA
    Messages: 63

    how do you get a dot number for your trucks. can not find it
    on hear thinks for the help...
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Contact your local US Department of Transportation office.
  3. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM Senior Member
    Messages: 202

  4. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    stupid question. what do you need it for?
  5. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I really don't think it was such a stupid question. Besides just the point that is often made of there being no such thing as a "stupid question", there is a practical reason for getting a DOT #. As I found out, any time you take a vehicle registered as "Commercial Vehicle" out of state beyond (I think) 100 miles, technically you are required to have a DOT #. I actually took a big chance a couple of times when I took my one ton to Poughkeepsie, then again to Iowa. The person at the state DOT office suggested I tell any trooper that I was on a personal trip (not business-related). At worst, I would get a summons and pay a fine. This would apply only to a vehicle owned solely by the driver. I might have had quite a time explaining what I was doing on a "personal trip" hauling a pallet of Magic Salt and two 55-gallon barrels of Magic -0 from Poughkeepsie.:eek: It was also strongly suggested that I stay out of NYC - regardless.

    I would like to not discourage people from asking questions. I know I asked a few "dumb ones" (probably still do) and had some very good guys help me get started (and still are).
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2004