FMCSA requires all entities under its jurisdiction to update their information every two years, or more often if your business information has changed. You are required to provide this update every two years.
Failure to complete a biennial update will result in deactivation of your U.S. DOT Number and may result in civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day, not to exceed $10,000 as periodically adjusted for inflation.
FMCSA strongly encourages carriers to use the electronic update process, as it is has built-in edit checks for accuracy.
Filing schedule: Each motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider must file the biennial update at the following times:
- Before it begins operations; and
- Every 24 months according to the schedule in the table provided.
The deadline for filing your biennial update is determined by the digits of your U.S. DOT Number.
- If the next-to-last digit of your U.S. DOT Number is odd, you shall file your update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If the next-to-last digit of your USDOT Number is even, you shall file your update in every even-numbered calendar year.
- The last digit in your U.S. DOT Number determines the month your biennial update is due; see schedule in the table provided.
Example: If your U.S. DOT Number is 123456, you would file your update by the last day of June every odd-numbered calendar year (2019, 2021, 2023, etc.).
Updating your information is free. For information on how to update, go to the Update Registration web page.
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Must file by last day of: