A U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number is a unique identifier that tracks safety information for commercial motor vehicles like moving trucks. A USDOT agency called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires every motor carrier that takes cargo across state lines to have a USDOT number.
Additionally, 38 states require local companies that transport goods within state lines to obtain USDOT numbers from the FMCSA.
A USDOT number (sometimes called a DOT number or US DOT number) is important because it protects customers against fraud. It’s an easy way to check a company’s safety record and complaint history—and to verify the company is legitimate.
Some companies try to skirt their safety records by creating fake USDOT numbers.
It’s sketchy, and it’s rare, but it happens. In those cases, you can use the FMCSA website to see if the USDOT number on your moving company’s website is legit.
You can avoid getting ripped off by checking the company’s USDOT number with the FMCSA. We’ll show you how below.