Do I need a DOT number to move my tanker?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Rockdoctor, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. Rockdoctor

    Rockdoctor Medium Load Member

    Here is my situation. I haul crude oil and I need to purchase a tanker in order to get on with a new company. I do not have my own authority. The company will not hire me or let me run under their DOT # until I bring them my tanker to inspect.

    Can I move the crude oil tanker if it has no product inside?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    I would do some checking with state DOT first but id probably slap a "Not For Hire" sign on my doors and run. But ive never owned my own truck.
     
  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Have it delivered at the carrier, that way you can have it inspected and sign the contract.
     
  5. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    Short answer is no....
     
  6. rookietrucker

    rookietrucker Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    As long as your not moving freight, you can obtain a temporary permit to move that truck or trailer. I would also advise, Hanging a clearly readable sign in the passenger side/front window "NOT FOR HIRE". I would also not have any other DOT numbers on the side of your truck. I have done this and even crossed several state lines. Here is the website for Texas and getting a temporary permit >> TXDMV.GOV - Temporary Permits
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
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  7. rookietrucker

    rookietrucker Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    He can get temporary insurance policy for this exact reason. My insurance company offered a 3 or 5 day temporary policy when I bought my new trailer. Call your insurance and ask them.
     
  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Yes you can haul just purchased trailers across the country with nothing more then bill of sale.

    Don't know about the insurance but I hauled 1 used gasoline tanker from Maine to Utah. And 3 new flatbed trailers from Arkansas to Montana.

    All I had was the papers. No plates or labeling of any kind.

    The 3 flatbed were more or less the load. 2 on top of 1.

    Nobody stopped me for paper check either.

    However. I was working for both carriers. Might be different scenario if you don't have a carrier.
     
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