How soon do I need to display DOT number?

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  1. JWillinAZ

    JWillinAZ Bobtail Member

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    I just purchase a box truck, < 26k pounds, in Florida and I am driving it back to Arizona, my home state. Am I required to display my company name and DOT number to drive it back? I will not be hauling anything as I only have temporary plates, which from reading these forums, is a no no. I have already purchase truck decals displaying company name and DOT number, but I will not receive them until I get back to AZ. I’m not crazy about putting stickers on and then having to remove them if it isn’t necessary. Also, I plan on using my ELD and following HOS to get used to my new ELD but was curious if that was a requirement or not also since I will not be hauling. Any feedback is much appreciated. Thank you!
     
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  3. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

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    Immediately. Even when a dealer or driveaway (truck transporter) company is moving a truck they have to have their company name and US DOT number properly displayed. Look around and you will see new trucks (the piggy back units being delivered) with a sign taped to the door or in the window with the US DOT number, name and a IFTA decal.

    All the same rules apply to driving the truck home as do when you re hauling freight. Also, since you are going into Arizona, you must stop at the port of entry and purchase a permit, they do not honor in-transit tags from any other state.
     
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  4. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

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    Dealer or Driveaway are providing a service.

    Is the truck titled in your name. Drive it like a personal vehicle.

    IF it is titled in the company name. Drive it like a commercial vehicle, display name and numbers.
    Write the numbers on paper and tape it to the windows. Make sure you have registration and proof of insurance.
    Good luck.
     
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  5. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Aw heck, throw a cooler and a sleeping bag in the back. If you get stopped, tell them it is your RV.
     
  6. brian991219

    brian991219 Road Train Member

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    Bad advice. The truck was purchased for a business purpose, regardless of what the name on the title or sales agreement says, and it is a commercial vehicle fully subject to all the same rules as any other truck. I can't tell you how many of my clients do just as you suggest ( drive like a personal vehicle if their personal name is on the title), get stopped randomly and placed out of service, or worse yet have their truck impounded until they can secure the proper documentation and such to legally transport it home. You don't need to be doing a revenue producing activity to still be in furtherance of commerce.

    In addition to doing regular DOT compliance I also operate a driveaway company and work with several nationwide truck dealers, we see this every day when folks come to pickup their new to them trucks and plan on just driving it home like they would a new car. Quite a few states don't even recognize each other's in-transit or temp tags on commercial vehicles, which are a red flag for the revenue hungry officers looking for low hanging fruit.

    I don't make the regulations, don't even agree with most of them, but I DO try my best to make sure folks understand them so they can steer clear of unwarranted harassment from the enforcement community (may whom don't agree with the amount of regulations either but have a job to do)
     
  7. girlstrucktoo

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    What is your company name? I just purchased a truck and need to have it moved from Indiana to Georgia.
     
  8. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    Off duty, unladen, your not subject to dot, fmcsa.
     
  9. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Have paper tag in window, insurance, drive it back home, not hauling anything, if they stop you, show where you just bought it.
     
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  10. ZVar

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    Except your wrong. A CMV is still a CMV and falls under all laws and regulations governing it as such.
    Sure you can use it for personal use, but it's still a CMV.
     
  11. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    How do you know its a cmv.

    Under 26k, not identified as one, and on 30day plates.
     
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