The Department of Transportation (DOT) gives you a unique identifier number when you file for it. The company and the driver will have this number as a reference of their registration. The DOT wants to promote uniqueness and exclusivity of the said number – biennial registration which refers to a registration good for two years.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) endorses and encourage everyone to have updated their information every two years to keep their records updated. Points and schedule of renewal are based on the issued DOT number.
Why Is It Important?
The DOT number is the basis of the Safety Measurement System (SMS). Whatever information indicated in your DOT profile also reflects on the said system. It rates and monitor carriers on seven basic categories; thus, records violation and identify corrective action, and call the attention of such.
It is essential to provide correct and unbiased information when filing for your DOT registration. Thus, it is also encouraged to follow profile updating every two years to correct changes you may have about your data.
Provide A No-Mistake Profile
If you are filing for your DOT registration or to any registration for the matter, it is important that you review all your input information before validating. It could be challenging to correct and file an authorization about changes once the form is already in the system.
Also, pay attention to the model, size, and make of the vehicle you wish to process. You must provide the most accurate details so the department would easily assess and approve all your inputs and considered all your pertinent details.
Put An Updated Contact Information
Contact information are very important details. This is the way or an outlet for the department or the agency to communicate with you in case there is a need or there are updates. Make sure that the e-mail address you provide is accurate. The DOT records more than 50 percent of the email are undelivered due to the wrong email address provided.
File Within The Deadline
A deadline is set by the DOT to be duly followed. The schedule for renewal depends on the ending of your USDOT number. The registration period usually commences in January and ends by October. If you have happened to change address, contact details, or even your surname, this is already your chance to revert or revised it.