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Operating authority, also known as an “MC number” must be obtained from FMCSA. There is a $300 fee for operating authority.
If your vehicle meets the definition of a commercial motor vehicle and does not qualify for any of the exceptions, the USDOT number and full legal name or trade name must be displayed, as registered with the FMCSA. The number and name must appear on both sides of the power unit in letters that contrast sharply with the background, be readily legible during daylight hours from a distance of 50 feet while the vehicle is stationary.
The process will take about 30 minutes and is completed on-line, free of charge.
Limited exceptions are found in 49 CFR §390.3T, such as for the occasional transportation of personal property (e.g., renting a truck to move your family and personal belongings).
In addition to the exceptions found in 49 CFR §390.3T for interstate commerce, KSA 66-1,129(c)(1) – (8) provides exceptions to the requirement for some intrastate operations. One of the most common exceptions is for private carriers, operating wholly within Kansas, between 10,001 and 26,000 lbs., with Kansas registration on the power unit. Such vehicles are only subject to the federal regulations pertaining to annual inspections, coupling devices, and cargo securement. This exception does not apply to for-hire operations (i.e., hauling someone else’s property), vehicles designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers, or vehicles used to haul haz-mat that requires placarding.
Wholly intrastate Kansas farmers are also exempt the federal trucking regulations and do not require a USDOT number.
KDOT only issues oversize load permits. Otherwise, they have very little bearing on commercial vehicle regulations in Kansas.
It is based on the number of vehicles in the fleet and collected annually. Enforcement begins January 1st of each year. If you operate interstate; or have an active Operating Authority, also known as an “MC number”; or have an interstate USDOT number, you must pay UCR fees.
For more information, visit: https://www.ucr.gov/
If you operate any of the following vehicles or combinations in interstate commerce, you must obtain a fuel permit/IFTA:
However, if your vehicle is a government vehicle, school bus, Kansas farm registered, or recreational vehicle, you are not required to obtain a fuel permit.
For more information: Visit: https://www.iftach.org/ or https://www.ksrevenue.org/forms-mfifta.html
Fees collected are distributed to the states in which the carrier operates just as vehicle registration fees are paid to a base state when operating in only one state. Your vehicle must be registered in Kansas if it operates in intrastate commerce (that is, point to point movements within Kansas), or if it operates in interstate commerce in or through Kansas and is registered for more than 12,000 lbs. (KSA 8-127, 8-143c, KAR 92-51-53)
Kansas registration may be satisfied by either a Kansas base plate, out of state apportioned registration with Kansas listed on the cab card, or temporary Kansas registration. Temporary registration may be obtained through K-Trips at https://www.k-trips.com/.
Exceptions to the registration requirement exist for:
The requirements for registration are separate from the requirements for obtaining a USDOT number.
Generally, any quantity of “Table 1” materials listed in the placarding tables (49 CFR §172.504(e)), and any bulk packages require placarding. “Table 2” non-bulk materials require placards if the aggregate gross weight exceeds 1,000 lbs. There are numerous other exceptions to placarding that may affect the requirement.