FMCSA launches new online DOT registration process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Truck and bus companies, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers and cargo tank manufacturers operating in the U.S. now have a new online enrolment process that inspection and repair facilities use as new applications for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) registration.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the Unified Registration System Dec. 12, and the first phase combines multiple ‘legacy’ reporting forms into a single, online form that it says will streamline the entire process, improve efficiency, reduce errors and fortify public safety.

The system will be fully implemented in 2016 and will enable the FMCSA to better identify unfit carriers and detect unsafe truck and bus companies. The FMCSA also believes this new system will help reduce costs by approximately $9 million over a 10-year period.

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