DOT certification shows that a CDL driver has met DOT certification requirements and has the skills and training necessary to safely operate a CMV on America’s roads. Most states require CMVs to be DOT certified prior to driving. Additionally, DOT certification is required before a driver can get a CDL license. This shows that an applicant has received DOT certification.
To become DOT certified, an applicant must meet DOT certification requirements:
Fill out the DOT number application provided by the FMCSA. You must have a DOT number if you are driving a commercial vehicle that transports passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce.
Complete a DOT physical exam and be medically cleared to drive a CMV. A DOT physical certification will be provided to you should you pass the DOT physical exam.
Take and pass the DOT certification exam. Some states may require you to complete a series of safe driving tests. DOT certification and exams are administered by the US Department of Transportation.
Completing the steps above results in becoming DOT certified. Your DOT certification is valid for up to two years and must be renewed if you plan to continue driving.
Becoming DOT certified ensures that you and all other drivers are kept safe on the road. Failure to comply with DOT certification requirements can result in the loss of your license.