MODS PLEASE LEAVE THIS POST IN THE MAIN FORUM AS IT IS ASK ALOT ON HERE AND WILL GET THE CORRECT INFORMATION OUT TO THE MOST MEMBERS HERE. This question as been ask alot on LS and I have seen a lot of guys say yes and no. Well, because I am thinking about possibly about crossing the state line (I'm only 35 miles from the VA line) for commercial accts that I have received RFQ's for I spent some time on the www and the phone today with the US DOT and the regs. The biggest one I keep seeing on here is guys saying that you need a US DOT Number even if you do not leave the state. Well, US DOT says that just isn't the case. Bottom line is you only have to have a USDOT Number if your GVWR or CVCW is 10,001 pounds or more AND you do cross state lines as part of your trade or business (Interstate). If you do NOT cross state lines as part of your business (Intrastate) then none of the US DOT stuff applies except CDL license at certain weight levels which your state law would also cover anyway as it is taken from the Fed Regs. Also check because some state do as NC does and have agreements with other states that you can travel 10 miles into that other state and still not be an "Interstate" carrier by Fed regs. They do this because some times where you are going is still actually in your state but they is not a "turn around" or exit until just into the next state. NC does this with Virginia and Tenn because of the mountains and limited exits there. I also ask about having to have the US DOT Number due to the hazardous materials and substances clause stated in Intrastate travel due to fertilizers and such we carry. US DOT said that only applies if you are carring an amount that would require hazardous materials and substances placards, which is several thousand pounds, so that doesn't apply for the average or even bigger LCO's either. US DOT REGS ON USDOT REGISTRATION NUMBER Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. What is the difference between interstate commerce and intrastate commerce? Interstate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation involving the crossing of a State boundary. Either the vehicle, its passengers, or cargo must cross a State boundary, or there must be the intent to cross a State boundary to be considered an interstate carrier. Intrastate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation within a single State. If your operations include interstate commerce, you must comply with the applicable Federal safety regulations and operating authority rules, in addition to State and local requirements. You must notify the State in which you plan to register your vehicle(s) of your intentions to operate in interstate commerce to ensure that the vehicle is properly registered for purposes of the International Registration Plan (IRP), and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). The base State will help you by collecting the appropriate fees and distributing a portion of those fees to the other States in which you operate commercial motor vehicles. If you operate exclusively in intrastate commerce , you must comply with applicable State and local regulations. The only Federal regulations that are applicable to intrastate operations are: the commercial driver's license (CDL), for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles as defined in 49 CFR 383.5; controlled substances and alcohol testing for all persons required to possess a CDL; and minimum levels of financial responsibility for the intrastate transportation of certain quantities of hazardous materials and substances.