Every moving company or commercial vehicle has to have a US DOT number, which is a registration with the Department of Transportation. This number can be a clue into the company and its drivers.
Moving Companies and DOT Number
If you are planning a move, you should not only read company reviews, but you should also look up the company’s DOT number. Read on to find out what these numbers mean, how they’re relevant, and how you can benefit from understanding how they work. Check out the infographic below for a quick snapshot.
What is a DOT Number?
As a means of regulation, the US Department of Transportation requires that any company crossing state lines to transport people or cargo have a DOT number. Any moving company operating in multiple states is required to have a DOT number, which tells consumers plenty about who’s caring for their precious belongings.
Why DOT Numbers Matter for Consumers
Like a CarFax report, looking up a moving company’s DOT number can give you unique insights.
DOT numbers track numerous company metrics and records, such as vehicle and driver inspections, previous collisions, vehicle repairs, and federal safety ratings. This information is invaluable when you’re trusting someone else with your belongings.
How To Check a DOT Number
The easiest way to check your moving company’s DOT number is by checking online. The US Department of Transportation keeps these records in the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system. Simply enter the moving company’s name and a list will appear. Click on the correct company, and you can access their information.
The first section is the company snapshot, which is “a condensed view of the company’s profile as maintained by the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).” In the snapshot, you’ll discover where the company can travel, the limitations of its cargo, and other legal information.
The information on inspections, crashes, and safety ratings are located below the snapshot. Don’t forget: You can always request a Company Safety Profile (CSP) online if you want even more information. If you have trouble with some of the complex terms used on the company snapshot, you can refer to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) general page.
Watch the video below to learn about moving insurance and checking your movers’ DOT number.
We’ve Got You Covered
At Ameritex, we are proudly registered with US DOT. You can find our number on the bottom of every page of our website. We are located in the heart of Houston, and we love the community we serve.