Is a Biennial Update Important?
Motor carriers, hazardous material safety permit applicants/holders, and intermodal equipment providers regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) must update their registration information every two years. Furthermore, failure to comply with the biennial update requirements will result in penalties and USDOT number deactivation.
The FMCSA has required that carriers complete the MCS-150 every two years for a dating back quite a while. The census form, which is used to register for a DOT number provides the agency with valuable information about the industry. It also helps feed information into the CSA Compliance Monitoring system.
After a carrier begins operations it needs to update at least every 24 months, according to the following due-date schedule:
If your USDOT number ends in: You need to file by last day of:
If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider shall file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year.
If the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider shall file its update in every even-numbered calendar year.