How to Display Your USDOT Number Legally on your Commercial Vehicle | USDOT Number Sticker Decal Regulations Tips
There are several requirements pertaining to displaying a company’s USDOT number and other regulation numbers in a professional and legal manner. All commercial vehicles must adhere to all regulations in 49 CFR 390.21 Marking of Commercial Motor Vehicles.
The regulations specified include USDOT number, (Motor carrier identification number, proceeded by the characters USDOT) & the trade name of the motor carrier operating the commercial vehicle; “Operated by” information is also required if applicable.
USDOT numbers are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and are used to track safety scores and carrier information for all carriers across the country. Regulation number requirements vary by type of operation and state of operation. Please see your local requirements in order to insure you are in compliance for your specific state.
All regulation numbers are required to be displayed in a contrasting color to the commercial vehicle, they must be displayed in an easy-to-read font, and they must be visible from a minimum of 50 feet away. For most fonts, the character size should be a minimum of 2 inches in height, though 3 inches or larger is recommended across the board.
All companies should also display their point of origin and company name, along with other identifying information such as phone number, vessel number or operated by information if needed. All other regulation numbers should also be displayed following the proceeding guidelines according to operation requirements. Some cities have specific character sizing requirements, so always be sure to reference your local vehicle code.
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