MA commercial truckers take note: New requirement to carry US DOT number in September

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If you are a Massachusetts commercial trucker engaged in intrastate commerce take note: Effective September 1, 2018, you must obtain and display a US DOT number for designated vehicles. The number must be obtained and filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and made visible on vehicle markings by that date, as per 540 CMR 2.22, the Commercial Marking section of the Registry of Motor Vehicles regulations.

According to State Police, “failure to obtain and display a USDOT number on your vehicles may result in a civil fine and/or placing your CMVs Out of Service until such time as your company obtains a USDOT Number.”

What MA commercial vehicles does this affect?

According to the MA Association of Insurance Agents, “The changes could affect customers that are written on a Massachusetts Auto Policy class 30 such as plumbers, carpenters, electrician, etc.”

The MA Department of Public Utilities Transportation Oversight says that affected vehicles include those that are:

  • Engaged in intrastate commerce having a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds; or
  • 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.

Note: Intrastate operation means you conduct business solely within Massachusetts.

How do you obtain a US DOT number?

According to the MA State Police, to obtain a USDOT, go to the FMSCA website. Follow links to obtain an intrastate USDOT number. Your company will be issued a USDOT number that must be displayed on all CMVs that your company operates, including leased vehicles. There is no charge to obtain this number from the USDOT-FMCSA.

What are the new rules about DOT markings?

For guidance on displaying the DOT number on your vehicles, see:


Attention MA drivers: 2 important MA Registry of Motor Vehicles alerts

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If you are a Massachusetts driver, here are two important notices from the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles.

1. Temporary shutdown this week:

The MA Registry Of Motor Vehicles is converting to a new computer system so plan accordingly if you need services. All services will be shutdown from Thursday 3/22 at 7:00 PM and will reopen on Monday 3/26 at 8:00 am.

The shutdown will affect:

  • All RMV offices
  • All RMV services offered through AAA offices
  • All online services
  • All inspection services at stations that inspect
  • All inspections through dealerships that inspect

For more information, click for the MA RMV shutdown alert.

2.  New Massachusetts Licensing & Renewal Requirements as of 3/25

On March 26, 2018, to get or renew any driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit, you need documentation showing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.

Related: After October of 2020, you will need either a passport or REAL ID when you fly in the U.S. or enter certain federal buildings.

See the MA RMV Guide for more information on meeting these requirements.

Book road tests & more online at MA Registry of Motor Vehicles

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has just announced that driver’s license road tests can now be scheduled online. This should prove a welcome service to the 2,500 hundred people who take road tests in an average week – no more waiting on hold on the phone. It’s good timing because the folks at the RMV say that there is higher demand for road tests over the summer.
If you haven’t visited the MA RMV site lately, you might be surprised at all the things you can now do online. The site has experienced a 39% growth in traffic over the last year, making it the “busiest branch” office, which helps to relieve enormous pressure from the 30 branch locations. The MA RMV serves more than 4.6 million drivers a year.
Here are just some of the services that you can now do online:

  • Apply for a learner’s permit or for a first-time license
  • Convert an out of state license
  • Renew a license, MA ID and registration
  • Sign up for a license renewal reminder
  • Enroll as an organ and tissue donor
  • Order a driving record, police crash report
  • Register for Fast Lane transponder
  • Pay tickets and citations
  • Access forms and publications
  • view license, registration, and title status

MA RMV adds more service representatives
The announcement about new online service follows a recent RMV announcement that it would be expanding customer service by adding 42 customer service representatives in front-line service positions and training 37 college interns to handle license and registration renewals in branches. As part of its ongoing partnership with AAA, it will also permanently open three new branches in AAA Southern New England offices – Worcester, Plymouth and Framingham. This will bring back Saturday service hours by July 1.
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