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Texas DOT - for business equipment owners with vans, trucks, semis, coaches, buses or tow trucks - if you operate inside Texas, do you need to register for Texas DOT and get a USDOT number?  If you also cross state lines, in addition to Texas DOT and a USDOT number, do you need MC Authority and UCR - Unified Carrier Registration?  There is a $300 minimum fine for failing to register for UCR when crossing state lines. Below are the Texas DOT number, MC Authority, USDOT and UCR registration requirements for Private Carriers and For-Hire Carriers.

Texas DOT for commercial vehicles: When you haul items, products or loads inside Texas without crossing state lines with these loads with a truck, truck and trailer, or semi-tractor and trailer, or use a tow truck, or transport passengers in a passenger vehicle or motor coach, you may be required to register with the state for a Texas DOT Certificate.  This Texas DOT Certificate is commonly refered to as Texas DOT. If you are a Private Carrier, For-Hire Carrier, Motor Coach operator or use a tow truck, check below to see if you are required to register with the state.

Private Carriers - Texas DOT:

For-Hire Carriers - Texas DOT:

Insurance Requirements - Texas DOT:

  • For-Hire / Non-Hazardous / Remaining in Texas
  • For-Hire / Hazardous / Remaining in Texas
  • For-Hire / Non-Hazardous / Crossing State Lines
  • For-Hire / Hazardous / Crossing State Lines

Tow Trucks - Texas DOT:

Passenger Vehicles / Motor Coaches - Texas DOT:

Fuel Permits - Texas DOT:

Exceptions: Not required to register for Texas DOT

Texas DOT Requirements: Private and For-Hire Carriers

  •  Private Carriers hauling their own products within the state of Texas with vehicles up to 26,000-lbs: Texas DOT not required. As a Private Carrier, if you have a van, pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer, or a straight truck, or a straight truck and trailer with either a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,000-lbs or under for the power unit, or with the Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (CGVWR) of 26,000-lbs or under of both the power unit and the trailer, and haul products or loads exclusively within the state of Texas without leaving the state, you are not required to register for a USDOT number, or for a Texas DOT certificate, also referred to as Texas DOT.
  • Private Carriers hauling their own products within the state of Texas with vehicles 26,001-lbs and heavier: Texas DOT required. As a Private Carrier, if you have a straight truck, straight truck with trailer or a semi-tractor and trailer with either a GVWR of 26,001-lbs or greater for the power unit, or with CGWR of 26,001-lbs or greater for both the power unit and trailer, and you haul loads within the state of Texas without crossing state lines with these loads, you are required to register for a USDOT number and with the state for a Texas DOT Certificate, commonly refered to as a Texas DOT.   
  • For-Hire Carriers hauling products or loads within the state of Texas with vehicles up to 26,000-lbs: Texas DOT is not required. If you are For-Hire and get paid to haul loads inside the state of Texas without crossing state lines with these loads and you are moving these items, products or loads with a van, pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer, straight truck, or with a straight truck and trailer with aGVWR of 26,000-lbs or under with a power unit, or CGVWR of 26,000-lbs or under with both a power unit and trailer, you are not required to register for a USDOT number, or register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT Certificate, commonly refered to as Texas DOT.
  • For-Hire Carriers hauling loads within the state of Texas with vehicles 26,001-lbs or heavier:   Texas DOT required.  If you are For-Hire and get paid to haul loads inside the state of Texas without crossing state lines with these loads and you are moving these loads in a straight truck, straight truck and trailer, or a semi-tractor and trailer where the GVWR is 26,001-lbs or more with a power unit, or the CGWR is 26,001-lbs or more with a power unit and trailer, you are required to register for a USDOT number and with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT Certificate, commonly referred to on the internet as Texas DOT 
  • Private Carriers hauling their own items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and also crossing state lines with their own items, products, loads, and weighing 10,000-lbs or less: Texas DOT not required. As a Private Carrier with a van, pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer, straight truck, straight truck and trailer with a GVWR of 10,000-lbs or less hauling items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and across state lines, you will not need a USDOT number. You will also not need to register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT certificate, commonly known as Texas DOT.
  • Private Carriers hauling their own items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and also crossing state lines with items, products, loads, and weighing between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs: Texas DOT not required. If you are a Private Carrier hauling your own items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with items, products, loads, where the power unit has a GVWR of 10,000-lbs or under, but the Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings of both the power unit and trailer are between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, you will need to register for a USDOT number but not for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process for crossing state lines as the power unit has a GVWR of 10,000-lbs or under. You will not need to register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT Certificate, commonly referred to as Texas DOT.
  • Private Carriers hauling their own items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and also crossing state lines with items, products, loads, and weighing between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs: Texas DOT not required. If you are a Private Carrier hauling your own items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with items, products, loads, with a GVWR between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for a single unit, or the power unit has a GVWR of 10,001-lbs or more but the Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings of both the power unit and trailer do not exceed 26,000-lbs, you will need to register for a USDOT number and for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process for crossing state lines as the power unit has a GVWR of 10,001-lbs or more. But you will not need to register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT Certificate, commonly referred to as Texas DOT.
  • Private Carriers hauling their own products within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads and weighing 26,001-lbs or more: Texas DOT required. If you are a Private Carrier with a straight truck, straight truck and trailer, or a semi-tractor and trailer hauling loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads, and weighing 26,001-lbs or more either with a truck, or with a truck pulling a trailer, or semi-tractor and trailer, you will need a USDOT number, register for the Unified Carrier Regsitration (UCR) process, and register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT certificate, commonly referred to as Texas DOT
  • For-Hire Carriers hauling items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads and weighing 10,000-lbs or less: Texas DOT not required. If you are For-Hire and haul items, products, loads within the state of Texas, and across state lines with a van, pickup truck, or pickup truck and trailer with a GVWR of 10,000-lbs or less with a power unit, or with a power unit and trailer with CGWR of 10,000-lbs or less, you will need to register for a USDOT number and Federal MC Authority, but not for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process as you will be 10,000-lbs or under. You will also not need to register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT certificate, commonly known as Texas DOT.
  • For-Hire Carriers hauling products, loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads and weighing between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs: Texas DOT not required. If you are a For-Hire carrier with a pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer, straight truck, straight truck and trailer where the power unit has a gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 10,000-lbs or under, but the Combined Gross Vehicle Weitht Ratings of both the power vehicle and trailer are between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, you are required to register for a USDOT number and Federal MC Authority, but not for the Unified Carrier Registration as the power unit has a GVWR of 10,000-lbs or under. You will not be required to register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT Certificate, commonly refered to as Texas DOT.
  • For-Hire Carriers hauling products, loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads and weighing between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs: Texas DOT not required. If you are a For-Hire Carrier with a pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer, straight truck, straight truck and trailer with a GVWR of 10,001-lbs or more for a single unit, or with the Combined Gross Vehicle Weith Ratings (CGWR) of 10,001-lbs or more for the power unit and trailer and you will be hauling loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads, you are required to register for a USDOT number and for Federal MC Authority and for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process. You will not be required to register with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT certificate, commonly referred to as Texas DOT.
  • For-Hire Carrier hauling products, loads within the state of Texas, and crossing state lines with loads and weighing 26,001-lbs or more: Texas DOT required. If you are a For-Hire Carrier with a straight truck, straight truck and trailer, or semi-tractor and trailer and haul loads within the state of Texas, and haul loads across state lines, and have a GVWR of 26,001-lbs or more with a power unit, or CGWR of 26,001-lbs or greater with a power unit and trailer, you will need to register for a USDOT number, Federal MC Authority, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process, and with the state of Texas for a Texas DOT certificate, commonly known as State of Texas DOT.

Insurance Requirements:

  • Insurance Requirements - Non Hazardous - Remaining in Texas:  If you are going to haul loads within the state of Texas without crossing state lines with a vehicle weighing 26,001-lbs or more, you will be required to carry a minimum of $500,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance when applying for Texas DOT.
  • Insurance Requirements - Hazardous - Remaining in Texas:  If you are going to haul hazardous loads within the state of Texas without crossing state lines, you will be required to carry between $1 million and $5 million in liability insurance when applying for Texas DOT, depending on the type of hazardous product being transported.
  • Insurance Requirements - Non Hazardous - Crossing State Lines - 10,000-lbs or under: Texas DOT not requiredbut you will need Federal MC Authority to cross state lines as a For-Hire Carrier.  You will be required to carry a minimum of $300,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage, and a minimum of $5,000 in cargo insurance for Common Authority. 
  • Insurance Requirements - Hazardous - Crossing State Lines - Any Weight: Texas DOT is required. Hauling hazardous loads within the state of Texas and crossing state lines as a For-Hire Carrier requires between $1 million and $5 million depending on the type of hazardous loads being hauled.

Tow Trucks: 

  • Tow Trucks / Gross Vehcle Weight Rating of 26,000-lbs or under:  Texas DOT required. If you are going to operate a tow truck within the state of Texas, you will need to register for Texas DOT regardless of the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. You will be required to carry $300,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance, and $50,000 in Cargo Insurance if you are going to conduct non-consent tows.
  • Tow Trucks / Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001-lbs or more:  Texas DOT is required. If you are going to operate a tow truck within the state of Texas with a Gross Vehicle weight Rating of 26,001-lbs or heavier, you will need to register for Texas DOT. You will be required to carry a minimum of $500,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage liablity insurance, and $50,000 in Cargo Insurance if you are going to conduct non-consent tow 

Passenger Vehicles / Motor Coaches:

  • Passenger Vehicles / Seating Capacity > 15 Including Driver: Texas DOT not required. Passenger vehicles with a seating capacity up to 14 passengers and 1 driver transporting passengers inside Texas are not required to register with the state.
  • Passenger Vehicles / Motor Coaches / Seating Capacity 16 - 26 Including Driver: Texas DOT required. If you are going to operate a passenger vehicle designed or used to transport 15 or more passengers plus the driver, (Seating 15 passengers + driver = 16) within the state of Texas, you are required to register for Texas DOT and carry a minimum of $500,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance. USDOT number is required.
  • Passenger Vehicles / Motor Coaches / Seating Capacity 27+ Including Driver:  Texas DOT required. If you are going to operate a passenger vehicle designed to transport 26 or more passengers plus a driver within the state of Texas, you are required to register for Texas DOT and carry a minimum of $5 million in Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance. USDOT number required

Fuel Permits:

  • Fuel Permits: If you will be operating a vehicle plated at 26,001-lbs or more within the state of Texas, in addition to registering for Texas DOT and having a USDOT number, you will need to register for a Texas fuel permit

  • IFTA Fuel Tax Registration: If you will be operating within the state of Texas with Texas DOT and hauling loads across state lines with a vehicle plated at 26,001-lbs or more, you will not need a Texas fuel permit, but will need to register for IFTA fuel tax.

Excemptions:  Texas DOT not required. Certain carriers are not required to register with the Texas Department of Transportation for the Texas DOT:

  • Farm vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of under 48,000-lbs
  • Cotton vehicle registered under the Texas Transportation Code (TRC) 502.277
  • Vehicle registered with the Texas Railroad Commission under the Texas Natural Resources Code 113.131 and 116.072
  • Vehicle used to transport liquor under a Private Carrier Permit issued under Alcoholic Beverage Code Chapter 42
  • Vehicle used to transport passengers and operated by an entity whose primary function is not to transport passengers, such as a vehicle operated by a hotel, day care center, nursing home, etc.
  • Vehicle operated by a governmental entity

Texas DOT for Commercial Vehicles:   When you haul items, products, commodities, loads or equipment  within the state of Texas without crossing state lines  with a van, van and trailer, pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer, large truck, large truck and trailer or with a semi-tractor and trailer, you may be required to register for a Texas DOT number. If you are a Private Carrier transporting your own items, products, loads or equipment; or a For-Hire Carrier, Motor Coach operator or use a tow truck, check the listings below to see if you are required to register for Texas DOT. There are requirements for transporting goods within the state of Texas with Texas DOT, and also  additional requirements for crossing state lines, both empty and loaded that, in addition to a Texas DOT number for in-state travel, you may also need MC Authority and register for UCR - Unified Carrier Registration for crossing state lines. Check the requirements listed below to see if you fall into any of the categories requiring Texas DOT, a USDOT number, UCR for crossing state lines and possibly MC Authority.

We can register you for a Texas DOT number and a USDOT number.  If you are crossing state lines, we can apply for your MC Authority and register you for UCR - Unified Carrier Registration.        Call us at (765) 742-2610

Private Carriers  -  Non-Hazardous items or loads  -  Texas DOT requirements: Private Carriers carrying or transporting items, products, commodities, loads or equipment belonging to the carrier or company owning the vehicle or vehicles (commercial enterprise) -  Texas DOT number requirements.   Also, Private Carriers transporting items, products, commodities, loads or equipment across state lines - Texas DOT requirements, USDOT and UCR Unified Carrier Registration requirements. 

  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or products within the state of Texas and not crossing state lines in a van or pickup truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or less, or with a van or pickup truck pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or less for both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT is not required
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items, products or loads within the state of Texas and not crossing state lines with a van, pickup truck or truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, or with a van, pickup truck or truck pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT is not required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting loads within the state of Texas and not crossing state lines with these loads with a truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or 26,001-lbs or more, or truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or more for both the truck and the trailer, Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or products within the state of Texas and transporting items or products across state lines in a van or pickup truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or less, or with a van or pickup truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or lower for both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT is not required. UCR registration is required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or loads within the state of Texas and transporting items or loads across state lines in vehicles with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the power unit and the trailer, but where the van or the pickup truck pulling the trailer has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or less, Texas DOT is not required, but a USDOT number and UCR registration are required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or loads within the state of Texas and transporting items or loads across state lines in vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for the power unit, or Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the power unit and the trailer, with the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the power unit between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs crossing state lines - Texas DOT is not required, but a USDOT number and UCR registration are required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting loads within the state of Texas and transporting loads across state lines in vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or more, or with a truck and trailer or semi-tractor and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or heavier for both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required, and UCR registration is required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines

Private Carriers  -  Transporting Hazardous Materials  -  Texas DOT requirements:   Private Carriers or Companies carrying or transporting Hazardous Materials belonging to the Carrier or Company owning the vehicle or vehicles - Texas DOT number requirements: Also, Private Carriers or Companies transporting Hazardous Materials across state lines - Texas DOT, USDOT and Unified Carrier Registration requirements:

  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and not crossing state lines in a van or pickup truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or less, or with a van or pickup truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or less for both the power unit and trailer, Texas DOT is required if placarding is required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and not crossing state lines in a van, pickup truck or truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, or with a van, pickup truck or truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT is required if placarding is required.   
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and not crossing state lines with Hazardous Materials in a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or more, or truck and trailer, or semi-tractor and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or more on both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT registration is required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and transporting Hazardous Materials across state lines in a van or pickup truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or less, or in a van or pickup truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or less for both the power unit and trailer, Texas DOT is required where placarding is required. UCR registration is required for crossing state lines. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when crossing state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and transporting Hazardous Materials across state lines in a van or pickup truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the power unit and the trailer, but where the van or pickup truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or less, Texas DOT is required if placarding is required. UCR registration is required when crossing state lines. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and transporting Hazardous Materials across state lines in a van, pickup truck or large truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, or with a van, pickup truck or truck and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the power unit and the trailer, Texas DOT registration is required if placarding is required.  UCR registration is required for crossing state lines. If yoiu fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines. 
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials within the state of Texas and transporting Hazardous Materials across state lines in a truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or more, or with a truck and trailer or semi-tractor and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or more for both the power unit and the trailer - Texas DOT and UCR registrations are required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines.

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For-Hire Carriers - Texas DOT requirements: For-Hire Carriers carrying or transporting items, products, commodities or loads inside the state of Texas - requirements for Texas DOT, as well as Carriers transporting transporting items, products, commodities or loads inside Texas and crossing state lines - Texas DOT requirements as well as MC Authority, USDOT number and UCR requirements for crossing state lines 

  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or products inside Texas without crossing state lines with these items or products with a pickup truck or van with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under, or with a pickup truck or van pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or under for both the pickup truck or van and trailer - Texas DOT is not required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or products inside Texas without crossing state lines with items or products in a pickup truck, van or truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, or a pickup truck, van or truck pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the pickup truck, van or truck and trailer - Texas DOT is not required 
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting loads inside Texas without crossing state lines with these loads in a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater, or with a power unit pulling a trailer where the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Ratings (GCWR) is 26,001-lbs or greater for both the power unit and trailer - Texas DOT registration is required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or products inside Texas and also crossing state lines in a pickup truck or van with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under, or with a pickup truck or van pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or under for both the pickup truck or van and trailer - Texas DOT is not required.  MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or products inside Texas and also crossing state lines a pickup truck or van pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the pickup truck or van and the trailer, but where the pickup truck or van pulling the trailer has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under - Texas DOT is not required. MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required.  If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or loads loads inside Texas and also crossing state lines in a pickup truck, van or truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for the pickup truck, van or truck and trailer, but where the pickup truck, van or truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001-lbs or greater - Texas DOT is not required. MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting items or loads inside Texas and also crossing state lines in a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weght Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater, or with a power unit pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater for both the power unit and the trailer - Texas DOT registration, a USDOT number, MC Authority and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines.

For-Hire Carriers  - Transporting Hazardous Materials  - Texas DOT requirements: For-Hire Carriers transporting Hazardous Materials inside the state of Texas - Texas DOT and USDOT requirements. Also, transporting Hazardous Materials across state lines - MC Authority, USDOT number and Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) requirements:

  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas without crossing state lines in a pickup truck or van with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under, or with a pickup truck or van pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or under for both the pickup truck or van and trailer - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required if placarding is required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas without crossing state lines in a pickup truck, van or truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, or with a pickup truck, van or truck pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the pickup truck, van or truck and trailer - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required if placarding is required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas without crossing state lines in truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater, or with a truck pulling a trailer or semi-tractor and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required. 
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas and also crossing state lines in a pickup truck or van with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under, or with a pickup truck or van and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 10,000-lbs or under - Texas DOT is required where placarding is required. MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all rquired. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas and also crossing state lines with Hazardous Materials with a pickup truck or van pulling a trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the pickup truck or van and trailer, but where the picup truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under - Texas DOT is required where placarding is required. Mc Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas and also crossing state lines with Hazardous Materials with a pickup truck, van or truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs, or with a pickup truck, van or truck pulling a trailer where the Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs for both the pickup truck, van or truck and trailer - Texas DOT is required if placarding is required. Mc Authority, a DOT number and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for transporting Hazardous Materials inside Texas and also crossing state lines with Hazardous Materials with a truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater, or with a truck and trailer, or semi-tractor and trailer with Gross Combined Weight Ratings (GCWR) of 26,001-lbs or greater - Texas DOT, MC Authority, a USDOT and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.

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Tow Trucks - Texas DOT requirements:

  • Texas DOT requiremnts for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under when operating within the state of Texas - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required
  • Texas DOT requirements for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) between 10,001-lbs and 26,000-lbs when operating within the state of Texas - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required
  • Texas DOT requirements for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or heavier operating within the state of Texas - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required
  • Texas DOT requirements for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under towing a vehicle with combined weights of 26,000-lbs or under when crossing state lines - Texas DOT registration, a USDOT number, MC Authority and UCR registration are all required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001-lbs or heavier towing a vehicle with combined weights of 26,000-lbs or under when crossing state lines - Texas DOT registration, MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registarion are all required
  • Texas DOT requirements for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001-lbs or heavier towing a vehicle where the combined weights are 26,001-lbs or heavier when crossing state lines - Texas DOT registration, MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required.
  • Texas DOT requirements for tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001-lbs or heavier when crossing state lines - Texas DOT registration, MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required. IRP and IFTA registrations are also required.

Passenger vehicles and Motor Coaches remaining in Texas - Texas DOT requirements:

  • Passenger vehicles with a seating capacity up to 15 including the driver - Texas DOT registration is not required
  • Passenger vehicles with a seating capacity between 16 and 26 including the driver - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required
  • Passenger vehicles with a seating capacity above 27 including the driver - Texas DOT registration and a USDOT number are required

Passenger vehicles and Motor Coaches traveling in Texas and crossing state lines - Texas DOT registration - Federal MC Authority and UCR requirements:

  • Texas DOT requirements for passenger vehicles with a seating capacity up to 8 including the driver and a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under - Texas DOT registration is not required. MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are not required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum penalty when yoiu cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for passenger vehicles with a seating capacity up to 8 including the driver and a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001-lbs or heavier - Texas DOT registration is not required. MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for passenger vehicles with a seating capacity between 9 and 15 including the driver and a Gross Vehicle WeightRating (GVWR) of 10,000-lbs or under - Texas DOT registraion is not required. MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are required.  If you fail to register for UCR, there is a $300 minimum fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for passenger vehicles with a seating capacity between 16 and 26 including the driver - Texas DOT registration, MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines.
  • Texas DOT requirements for passenger vehicles with a seating capacity of 27 or more including the driver - Texas DOT registration, MC Authority, a USDOT number and UCR registration are all required. If you fail to register for UCR, there is a minimum $300 fine when you cross state lines.

Insurance Requirements for Texas DOT:   Private Carriers

Non-Hazardous / Texas DOT / Insurance requirements / Private Carriers

  • Remaining in Texas / 10,000-lbs or lighter and Texas DOT not required
  • Remaining in Texas / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs and Texas DOT not required
  • Remaining in Texas / 26,001-lbs or heavier and Texas DOT registration required
  • Hauling items, products or equipment inside Texas and crossing state lines / 10,000-lbs or lighter and Texas DOT not required
  • Hauling items, products or equipment inside Texas and crossing state lines / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs and Texas DOT not required
  • Hauling items, products or equipment inside Texas and crossing state lines / 26,001-lbs or heavier and Texas DOT is required

Hazardous Materials / Texas DOT / Insurance requirements / Private Carriers

  • Remaining in Texas / 10,000-lbs or lighter where Texas DOT is required
  • Remaining in Texas / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs where Texas DOT is required
  • Remaining in Texas / 26,001-lbs or heavier where Texas DOT is required
  • Hauling items, products or equipment inside Texas and crossing state lines / 10,000-lbs or lighter where Texas DOT is required
  • Hauling items, products or equipment inside Texas and crossing state lines / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs where Texas DOT is required
  • Hauling items, products or equipment inside Texas and crossing stae lines / 26,001-lbs or heavier where Texas DOT is required

Inurance Requirements for Texas DOT:    For-Hire Carriers

Non-Hazardous / Texas DOT / Insurance requirements / For-Hire Carriers

  • Remaining in Texas / 10,000-lbs or lighter and Texas DOT is not required
  • Remaining in Texas / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs and Texas DOT is not required
  • Remaining in Texas / 26,001-lbs and heavier where Texas DOT is required
  • Hauling items or products in Texas and crossing state lines / 10,000-lbs or lighter and Texas DOT is not required
  • Hauling items or products in Texas and crossing state lines / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs and Texas DOT is not required
  • Hauling items or products in Texas and crossing state lines / 26,001-lbs or heavier and Texas DOT is required

Hazardous Materials / Texas DOT / Insurance requirements / For-Hire Carriers

  • Remaining in Texas / 10,000-lbs or lighter and Texas DOT registration required
  • Remaining in Texas / 10,001 - 26,000-lbs and Texas DOT registration required
  • Remaining in Texas / 26,001-lbs or heavier and Texas DOT registration required
  • Hauling items or products inside Texas and crossing state lines / 10,000-lbs or lighter and Texas DOT registration required
  • Hauling items or products inside Texas and crossing state lines / 10,001-lbs - 26,000-lbs and Texas DOT registration required
  • Hauling loads inside Texas and crossing state lines / 26,001-lbs and heavier where Texas DOT registration is required

Fuel Permits required for Texas DOT registration and for crossing state lines

  • Texas fuel tax permit for operating within the state of Texas with Texas DOT
  • Texas IFTA fuel tax permit for operating within Texas with Texas DOT and for crossing state lines

Exceptions to Texas DOT requirements

  • When you are not required to register for a Texas DOT number

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Texas DOT requirements:   Private and For-Hire vehicles

  • Private Carriers hauling their own Non-Hazardous items, products, loads or equipment within the state of Texas with vehicles that have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) up to and including 26,000-lbs: A Texas DOT number and USDOT number are not required.

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