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RegSenseFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOTBest ResultsFAQFocus AreaFleet OperationsEnglishNew entrant requirements - Motor CarrierTransportationBusiness planning - Motor CarrierUSA
What is the new entrant process to become a motor carrier?
All new motor carriers (private and for-hire) operating in interstate commerce must apply for registration (USDOT Number) as a "new entrant." The minimum “new entrant” requirements include having the carrier certify that it has systems in place to ensure compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and a safety audit conducted within the first 18 months of the carrier's interstate operation.
After being issued a new entrant registration, the carrier will be subject to an 18-month safety-monitoring period. During this safety-monitoring period, the carrier will receive a safety audit and have their roadside crash and inspection information closely evaluated. The carrier will be required to demonstrate it has the necessary systems in place to ensure basic safety management controls. Failure to demonstrate basic safety management controls may result in the carrier having their new entrant registration revoked.
At the end of the 18-month safety-monitoring period, the carrier will be notified in writing that the "new entrant" designation will be removed from their registration if the carrier meets the following requirements:
- The new entrant has passed a safety audit, or has not been deemed "unfit" following a compliance review; and
- The new entrant does not have any outstanding civil penalties.
New entrant motor carriers can expect to start receiving safety audits 3-6 months after they are granted new entrant registration. The safety audit will be conducted by a State or Federal Auditor and will consist of a review of the carrier's safety management system. FMCSA will notify the carrier in writing of the results of the safety audit within 45 days from the date it was completed.
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