How to Apply for the Florida DOT

Commercial motor vehicles operating in Florida are regulated for safety.
Commercial motor vehicles operating in Florida are regulated for safety. (Image: Jeremy Woodhouse/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) operating within Florida are required to register with the federal Department of Transportation (DOT). The registration number, unique to each CMV, carries the prefix FL. CMVs are classified according to their weight capacity and the materials they carry.

The DOT uses this regulation to monitor the safety measures that all CMV drivers must take. No fee is charged, but a Visa or MasterCard is required for identification. New CMVs are issued permanent numbers after a safety regulation and monitoring period.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of ownership
  • Driver's license
  • Applicable Hazardous Material Certificate
  • Applicable Passenger Safety Norms Certificate

Download the required application form from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website (see Resources).

Read the instructions carefully. Fill in all the columns, answer all the questions and provide all the relevant information correctly.

Attach photocopies of all required documents for verification before submitting the completed form.

Wait to be informed by mail about your temporary Florida DOT number, which has a mandatory monitoring period of 18 months.

Undergo a safety regulation test within the six-month probation period. An officer of Florida DOT will test your knowledge of safety regulations and your adherence to them during the probation period. On successful completion of this test and after the six-month probation is over, you will be issued a permanent Florida DOT number.

Affix the number on the front and back of the CMV. Its color should contrast with the body color of your CMV, and the letters should be clear from a distance of 50 feet.

Inform the Florida DOT about any changes in ownership, address, phone numbers, drivers, tools and equipment in use on the CMV.

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