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.
The FMCSA monitors and ensures compliance with regulations governing both safety (all carriers) and commerce (for-hire carriers). Companies may find they are subject to both registration requirements (USDOT Number and MC Number) or either one separately. Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in inter-state commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number.