Just read in the local farm publication "Delmarva Farmer" that if you are thinking of getting a USDOT number you better do it in 2014 while it's still free. In 2015 a fee of $300.00 is set to be imposed. Got this info from the MD State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division that recently gave a trucking forum to area farmers on what the new rules are for their operation. Don't know if this just pertains to MD farmers or anyone requesting a number. I'm guessing its for anyone since there is only one USDOT number that I'm aware of. Going from free to $300.00 is worth looking into so I thought I'd pass the info along.