Rick Malchow, Industry Business Advisor
July 28, 2021
There are several reasons a carrier or individual may need to “reactivate” their USDOT number. Often, the reason is tied to the reason the number was deactivated in the first place.
A USDOT can be involuntarily deactivated. The most common cause of an involuntary deactivation is no required biennial update was submitted to the FMCSA.
A USDOT can be involuntarily deactivated as the result of a failed new entrant audit.
A USDOT can be voluntarily deactivated. A carrier may have gone out of business, ceased over the road transportation, or paused transportation activity. Whatever the underlying reason, the reason for filing the MCS-150 was stated as “out of business.”
No, the regulations prohibit an entity from engaging in interstate transportation without an active USDOT number.
Likely you will. Of course, the final answer is dependent on whether the number has been reassigned or not. Eventually, USDOT numbers are recycled.
If the entity is required to have authority and the authority was also deactivated, the authority will need to be reactivated as well. There is a separate process to reactivate an MC number.
Only you can answer this question. Many carriers choose to ask for help to ensure the path back to full operations is as quick and clean as possible. Working with a trained DOT authority professional can ensure that “the tees get crossed and the eyes get dotted.”
If you need help reactivating your DOT number or have questions about your current status, call us at 888.473.4638 or fill out the lead form below and an Authority Advisor will contact you.