If you own or operate a vehicle or a fleet of vehicles that hauls load in the state of Texas, you are required to register your business operations with the state government. This registration is done with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Motor Carrier Division and ensures that your trucking business functions legally.
This registration gives you a unique identifier known as the TxDMV number.
This is not to be confused with the USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation Number) number, which is issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to a moving company with interstate operations.
When should you apply for the TxDMV Number?
You need to register yourself as a motor carrier and obtain the DMV number Texas when you fall into any of these categories:
- You operate one or more commercial vehicles, with the gross, registered, or gross-weight rating exceeds 26,000 pounds.
- You are the in the business of transporting hazardous materials.
- You are operating a farm vehicle with a gross weight, registered weight, or gross weight rating of 48,000 pounds or more.
- You operate a commercial bus for school operations.
- You are in the business of transporting household goods for compensation, irrespective of the weight of the vehicle.
- You operate one or more vehicles that are designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including a passenger, at a time.
How can you obtain the TxDMV number?
Wondering how to obtain the TxDMV number? Just follow these simple steps for a hassle-free registration process:
Step 1: Before beginning the registration process for your Texas DMV Number, ensure that you have a valid USDOT Number.
Step 2: Go to www.txdmv.gov/elinc to sign up for the registration. Once your application has been received, you will get an email with further instructions. Review of each application takes 24-48 hours. This link can also be used to update your business information and print your Cab Cards. Ensure that your application doesn’t contain any misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission of the required information. This may stall your application for further review.
Step 3: On the approval of your application, you will receive an email with a UIN (Unique Identification Number). This number needs to be given to your insurance company to file your insurance online.
Step 4: Once your insurance company files the requisite insurance, you will receive another email. Follow the instructions in this email to log in to MCCS (Motor Carrier Credentialing System) and pay the requisite fee amount and complete the application process.
Step 5: Once you pay the fee, the MCCS will convert your UIN Number into your TxDMV Certificate Number.
Step 6: The initial applications take around 24-48 business hours to close. If you have a previous certificate or have been linked in any way with another authority or certificate, your application review may take additional 7 business days.
Step 7: Once all the final formalities of fee payment and application process have been done and your TxDMV Number has been obtained, you may proceed with the printing of your insurance Cab Card and Certificate.
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