Motor Carrier Operations



DOT Compliance, HOS, ELDs & CSA

This is a foundation course for understanding compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. This course will provide a comprehensive review of regulatory compliance as well as how to prepare and what to expect during a compliance review audit. Topics to be discussed include hours of service, ELDs, insurance requirements, drug/alcohol testing, driver qualification files, cargo securement and vehicle maintenance files.

Annual Vehicle Inspection: ND Highway Patrol

Under federal and state safety regulations, all interstate and intrastate commercial motor vehicles, and private fleets, must complete a full-scale annual safety inspection. Learn what an annual inspection includes under federal regulations and what is required to conduct a complete annual vehicle inspection.

Load Securement: ND Highway Patrol

This three-hour course covers proper load securement to ensure safe and legal movement of loads.

ADS Technology: ND Highway Patrol

This one-hour course provides an introduction to Automated Driving Systems which are currently being tested on public roadways.

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    October Trucking Tip: A 12”x12”  red flag must be displayed at the extreme rear end of the load when it exceeds 4’ from the bed or the vehicle.  

    Motor Carrier Operations enhances commercial motor vehicle safety with:

    • Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
    • Border Enforcement Program (BEP)
    • New Entrant Program
    • Size and Weight Enforcement
    • Permitting and the E-permits system

    The divisional commander oversees the division and works cooperatively with the NDDOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration. The operational commander oversees day-to-day activities and supervises three sergeants, eight troopers, and two civilian MCSAP inspectors.

    There are three Border Inspection Program troopers and three civilian New Entrant inspectors. The permit office consists of a supervisor and three permit specialists. The size and weight enforcement program has five Motor Carrier Operations troopers and 11 traffic enforcement troopers.

    Division goals include:

    • Reducing commercial vehicle crashes by conducting commercial vehicle inspections, safety audits, compliance reviews, and coordinating the permit system.
    • Protecting highway infrastructure through size and weight enforcement and permitting overweight/over-dimensional load movements.

    Motor Carrier Operations has nine fixed weigh and inspection stations, thirteen weigh-in-motion sites, and numerous turnout locations in the state that are used for inspections and weight enforcement. Motor Carrier Operations develops the state’s size and weight enforcement plan and commercial vehicle safety plan.

    Motor Carrier Documents

    Truck Routing Maps

    Motor Carrier Resources

    US DOT Number: obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (701-250-4346). 

    Uniform County Truck Permits: obtained from Western Dakota Energy Association for non-reducible oversize/overweight vehicles and load movements traveling on county roads in coal, oil, and gas producing counties

    Solid Waste Transportation Permit: obtained from the ND Department of Health's Division of Waste Management (701-328-5166).

    International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA): IFTA gives North Dakota motor carriers the option to renew licenses, file quarterly reports, and purchase additional decals. Access NDDOT's motor carrier online services or at 701-328-1287.

    International Registration Plan (IRP): NDDOT's Motor Carrier Services (701-328-1287).

    Unified Carrier Registration (UCR): obtained from the Indiana Department of Revenue.