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.
     
  4. Colt6920

    Colt6920 Light Load Member

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    At the very least print a sheet of paper with name, DOT and city/state and tape it to the door or window like the drive away guys do.
     
  5. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    When you get home, until the truck is put into service, it is a vehicle being transported to your business location

    dealers and transporters have to display their numbers because they are driving a truck for a customer, and that truck is the freight.
     
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