MoDOT Motor Carrier Services helps carriers get the information, credentials and permits needed to start and continue a carrier business in Missouri. We also enforce safety and economic regulations to help make our highways safe and fair places to earn a living.
The tools on these pages help both beginners and seasoned trucking companies operate safely and profitably.
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MoDOT Carrier Express allows any account holder to order trip and fuel permits online. If you have a userID and password for the MoDOT Carrier Express system, you're ready to order. Go to http://www.modot.org/mce.
If you need help, click here for the online process.
FIRST TIME 72 HOUR TRIP/FUEL PERMIT:
Out-of-state vehicles that are not licensed to travel in or through the state of Missouri must have a 72-Hour Trip/Fuel Permit to operate temporarily within the state.
To obtain a 72-Hour Trip/Fuel Permit, fill out the Motor Carrier Application (click on the button below). Your permit will be processed in our office and you will be called for payment information.
Once your account is set up you will receive a user ID and password for MoDOT Carrier Express, which will allow you to order permits online 24/7.
Motor Carriers who haul loads that exceed Missouri's legal weight and size requirements must obtain Oversize Overweight permits.
OSOW permits give specific routes and special requirements the carrier must follow, when using the Missouri state highway system. Please note: MoDOT takes seriously its responsibility to keep motor carriers' account information private. We can only discuss accounts with those people appointed as official contacts by the companies we serve.
In the International Registration Plan, a motor carrier purchases a single, apportioned license plate in their base state. The plate is honored by all states and most Canadian provinces. Apportioned license plate fees are distributed based on the number of miles the equipment travels in each state or province.
SafeStart – interactive tool to show needed credentials and programs
IFTA is an agreement among all states (except Alaska and Hawaii) and Canadian provinces (except Northwestern Territories, Nunavut and Yukon) to simplify the reporting of fuel used by motor carriers operating in more than one jurisdiction.
It allows motor carriers to obtain a single fuel license and set of decals. Carriers file quarterly fuel use tax returns with their base state or province. The base state transfers payments to states or provinces the carrier traveled (or obtains refunds) based on the amount of fuel purchased and miles traveled within each jurisdiction.
For-hire motor carriers transporting property or passengers in intrastate commerce (wholly within) are required to apply for authority to operate in Missouri. The registration process promotes motor carriers safety and, because it requires continuous filing of insurance, their economic health.
Who Needs Intrastate Authority?
All for-hire motor carriers transporting property or passengers in intrastate commerce (wholly within) are required to apply for authority to operate in Missouri.
Who is Exempt from Intrastate Operating Authority? Click Here to see who is exempt from obtaining Intrastate Operating Authority. A complete list of exemptions can be found in Missouri Revised Statute 390.030.
How do I get Intrastate Operating Authority?
To obtain intrastate operating authority, you must obtain a USDOT number, complete a MO-1 application and submit proof of insurance. An annual license fee of $10 is required if a carrier is not required to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration program. Carriers transporting passengers must also submit financial statements and a formal tariff of rates and charges. You must also have system in place to comply with safety regulations.
Click Here for instructions to apply for Operating Authority online.
Click Here to see Intrastate Motor Carrier Insurance Requirements.
How do I renew my Intrastate Operating Authority?
Renew your annual license decal for operating authority by logging into MoDOT Carrier Express at www.modot.org/mce.
Click Here for instructions to renew Operating Authority online.
If you file and pay UCR fees, you are not required to renew your Intrastate Operating Authority.
Unified Carrier Registration Agreement is a base-state system for registering interstate motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies. Annual registration fees fund state motor carrier safety programs and enforcement.
What is UCR?
Unified Carrier Registration is a base state registration program for payment of registration fees.
Who Needs UCR?
The UCR Agreement applies to the following types of operations of passenger and property transportation in interstate commerce:
(1) Motor carrier;
(2) Motor private carrier of property;
(3) Freight forwarder;
(4) Broker; and
(5) Leasing company
How do I register for UCR?
If you have an active account with MoDOT Motor Carrier Services (MCS) you can log onto Motor Carrier Express at www.modot.org/mce to register and pay UCR fees electronically. Click Here for instructions to file electronically.
If you are not an MCS customer please fill out a UCR Registration Form located in the Forms and Manuals section below to register and pay UCR fees.
The Unified Carrier Registration is good for one calendar year. UCR must be renewed annually.
How much does UCR cost?
The cost of UCR is determined by the number of commercial motor vehicles used.
Click Here for instructions to file UCR electronically.
MoDOT Motor Carrier Service's Safety & Compliance section encourages compliance with Missouri State Statutes and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations through education and enforcement.
SAFE ROAD TO SUCCESS!
Are you new to the trucking industry? Are you expanding your business or making changes to your operation and need to know which safety regulations may apply to you? Have you been in business for a while and just want to confirm that you are following all the rules for peace of mind? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have come to the right place.
Completing the SafeStart webtool is your first step towards maintaining a safe and successful operation. By answering a few simple questions, the tool will deliver a report tailored to your business that identifies all of the regulations and programs that you will need to comply with.
Prospective drivers who do not meet the physical qualifications stated in the federal motor carrier safety regulations can request an exemption to work in Missouri. MoDOT can grant a medical exemption for intrastate commercial drivers by issuing a Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate if the individual meets alternate standards which satisfy the department that the applicant can safely operate a commercial vehicle. Drivers must apply either on their own or jointly with a sponsoring employer.
MoDOT can only issue SPE Certificates to applicants who are not physically qualified because of limb amputation, limb impairment, vision impairment, or insulin treated diabetes mellitus. If a person is not physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle for any other cause or reason, MoDOT cannot issue that person a SPE Certificate.
MoDOT offers this program for intrastate drivers only. Anyone seeking a medical exemption for interstate transportation, or to drive across any state boundary, must submit an application to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instead. Please visit FMCSA for more information.
MoDOT may waive some state application requirements if an applicant for an intrastate SPE Certificate already possesses a valid interstate SPE Certificate, vision exemption or diabetes exemption issued by FMCSA. See the instruction and application forms for details.
Please contact our office if you have questions, or need additional forms or information relating to an application for issuance of a SPE Certificate for a Missouri intrastate driver.
Call toll-free, 1-866-831-6277 and ask to speak with the medical exemption program specialist.
Original documents of all forms must be submitted to MoDOT. We cannot accept copies or faxes.
"The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now".
Though most of you are not in the business of growing trees, there is a great deal of truth in this adage that speaks to the planning and preparation required for passing a safety audit. From driver qualifications to drug and alcohol testing, to equipment maintenance and hours of service reporting, to everything in between, preparing for a safety audit requires a firm understanding of the regulations and a strong commitment to safe operating practices every day.
Don't wait for your safety audit to be scheduled to begin familiarizing yourself with the rules. Start preparing now by using the tools and guidance provided below and be confident that you are successfully managing the safety of your company.
Transporters of Hazardous Waste (includes waste oil, combustible liquids, corrosives, poisons/ toxins, flammable liquids, flammable solids, PCB's and infectious waste) must obtain a Hazardous Waste Transporter License. The license issued is valid for one year and helps ensure environmental protection through proper disposal of waste.
Who Needs a Hazardous Waste Transporter License?
All carriers who transport hazardous waste, used oil, or infectious waste in Missouri.
How do I get a Hazardous Waste Transporter License?
If you are a current Motor Carrier Services Customer you can apply for a Hazardous Waste Transporter License online through MoDOT Carrier Express. If you are not a current Motor Carrier Services Customer you can fill out an HW-1 application, located in the Forms and Manuals section below and return to our office for processing. You may fax, email or mail a completed HW-1 application to Motor Carrier Services.
The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
Click Here to see Hazardous Waste Motor Carrier Insurance Requirements.
How do I renew my Hazardous Waste License?
Your Hazardous Waste Transporter License is valid for one year from the date of issuance. You can file a renewal through MoDOT Carrier Express. You may also fax, email or mail a completed HW-1 application, located in the Forms and Manuals section below, to Motor Carrier Services.
Renewals can be filed no sooner than 90 days before expiration of your current license.
How do I add or replace vehicles on my current License?
You can request to add vehicles, replace vehicles or request a temporary throughout the year through MoDOT Carrier Express. You may also fax, email or mail a completed HW-2 application, located in the Forms and Manuals section below, to Motor Carrier Services.
CLICK HERE for instructions to file an HW-1 or HW-2 application electronically.
Transporters of Waste Tires (tires that are no longer suitable for their intended purpose because of wear, damage, or defect) must obtain a Waste Tire Hauler Permit. The license/permit issued is valid for one year and helps ensure environmental protection through proper disposal of waste.
Who Needs a Waste Tire Transporter Permit?
All carriers who transport waste tires for profit within Missouri are required to obtain a Waste Tire Transporter Permit.
How do I get a Waste Tire Transporter Permit?
If you are a current Motor Carrier Services Customer you can apply for a Waste Tire Transporter Permit online through MoDOT Carrier Express. If you are not a current Motor Carrier Services Customer you can fill out a WT-1 application, located in the Forms and Manuals section below and return to our office for processing. You may fax, email or mail a completed WT-1 application to Motor Carrier Services.
The permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
How do I renew my Waste Tire Transporter Permit?
Your Waste Tire Transporter Permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance. You can file a renewal through MoDOT Carrier Express. You may also fax, email or mail a completed WT-1 application, located in the Forms and Manuals section below, to Motor Carrier Services.
Renewals can be filed no sooner than 90 days before expiration of the current permit.
How do I add or replace vehicles on my current Permit?
You can request to add or replace vehicles throughout the year through MoDOT Carrier Express. You may also fax, email or mail a completed WT-2 application, located in the Forms and Manuals sections below, to Motor Carrier Services.
CLICK HERE for instructions to file a WT-1 or WT-2 application electronically.
For-hire motor carriers transporting household goods within Missouri are required to obtain intrastate operating authority. The registration process promotes motor carriers safety and, because it requires continuous filing of insurance, their economic health and public protection.
Motor Carrier Services offers free seminars throughout the state to help motor carriers learn more about operating commercial motor vehicles safely. Educational opportunities include: General Safety Training, Motor Carrier Credentials Training, CSA, SafeStart, Passenger Vehicle Training, Hazardous Materials and Security Training, and Agricultural Truck Safety
GENERAL SAFETY TRAINING
An in-depth look at safety regulations and recordkeeping requirements for motor carriers. Improve safety management. Update your knowledge. Approximately 4 hours
Motor carriers need certificates, licenses, permits - all kinds of credentials. Learn what you need to do to get everything you need to operate legally in Missouri and other states, how to renew and how to handle fuel tax filing. Save time and money using MoDOT Carrier Express to conduct business online. Approximately 3 hours.
Please register. Classes with low registration rates may be canceled and only those registered will be notified.