“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
So you want to cross state lines with your CDL truck, there are a few things that you need to know before you do it.
The first thing is to make sure your DOT number is set up as INTERstate and not INTRAstate.
If it is set up for INTRAstate then all you have to do is use your DOT number, DOT Pin number, and FEIN you can update your MCS150 online here (https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option)
The next thing to check for is if you have filed your UCR (Unified Carrier Registration. You can check that at www.ucr.gov.
UCR is good for this year. It always expires 12/31 no matter when you buy it. And it always costs the same.
Now that you are set up for INTERstate commerce and have your UCR filed for this year. The next step is to decide if you need to get IRP (International Registry Plan) plates for your truck and IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement)
Some key questions to consider are
- Is your GCWR (gross Combined Weight Rating over 26k lbs
- Only CDL vehicles (GCWR over 26k lbs) are required to have IFTA and IRP plates to cross state lines.
- How often will you cross state lines or operate out of the state where your truck is registered?
- If it’s more than about one or two trips a month, then it’s most likely worth it to get those plates and IFTA for your rig.
If you don’t feel that it’s in your best interest to get IRP and IFTA don’t stress you can still get trip and fuel permits for your truck so you can cross state lines.
If you are crossing into Kentucky, New Mexico, or New York you also need to get weight distance permits for those states on top of IRP and IFTA.
Getting these permits is super simple and will only cost anywhere from $5 to $500+ per trip. It all depends on how many miles you are traveling in that state.
We always recommend that if you haven’t pulled a permit before to reach out to a professional to make sure you get the right permits.
We can help you get those and we won’t charge you an arm and a leg to get them.
Don’t forget that you also need to have all the safety equipment for your truck.
- 3 safety triangles
- Spare fuses
- Minimum 5lb fire extinguisher BC rated.
- DOT Annual Inspection
I hope that this helps!