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Federal DOT Number
Before entering the State of California, a trucker must have a federal Department of Transportation (DOT) Number. As part of the registration process, you must provide your Federal ID number if you are involved in transportation services as a motor carrier.
HOW TO OBTAIN A U.S. DOT NUMBER
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration (FMCSA) issues USDOT numbers. Please see the following FMCSA web sites:
"New Company Guidance": www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/registration/new-entrant.htm.
Apply for USDOT number: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/online-registration/onlineregdescription.htm.
General FMCSA phone number: 1-800-832-5660.
Sacramento FMCSA phone number: (916) 930-2760.
HOW TO LOCATE A COMPANY
See the FMCSA web site: "SAFER - Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System." To find a company, click on the link "Company Snapshot" in the middle column. You can search by USDOT number, MC/MX Number, or company name.
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