New Entrant Audit

What is the New Entrant Safety Program?

All new carriers are placed into the new entrant safety program with the purpose of providing educational and technical assistance to the new entrant, gathering safety data needed to make an assessment of the new entrant’s safety performance.

What is the Audit FMCSA Regulation?

§385.1 (a-d)

Every carrier is subject to a DOT Audit of some kind. There are several different kinds, including New Entrant Audits, IRP Audits, IFTA Audits, etc. You can review the FMCSA Rules and Regulations below for more detail as to why these rules are in place.

This part established the FMCSA’s procedures to determine the safety fitness of motor carriers, to assign safety ratings, to direct motor carriers to take remedial action when required, and to prohibit motor carriers receiving a safety rating of “unsatisfactory” from operating a CMV. [385.1 (a)]

This part establishes the safety assurance program for a new entrant motor carrier initially seeking to register with the FMCSA to conduct interstate operations.  It also describes the consequences that will occur if the new entrant fails to maintain adequate basic safety management controls. [385.1 (b)]

This part establishes the safety permit program for a motor carrier to transport the types and quantities of hazardous materials listed in [385.1 (c)]

The provisions of this part apply to all motor carriers subject to the requirements of this subchapter, except non-business private motor carriers of passengers.  [385.1 (d)]

Subpart F of this part establishes procedures to perform a roadability review of intermodal equipment providers to determine their compliance with the applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). [385.1 (e)]

Who does it apply to?

All new carriers are subject to a New Entrant Audit in the first 6-12 months of operation. They must demonstrate adequate basic safety management controls. The purpose of this audit is to provide educational and technical assistance to the new carrier.

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How do we perform this service?
We represent you during your New Entrant Audit

One of our New Entrant Audit Specialists will be assigned to you immediately and they will reach out to the DOT auditor letting them know that CNS is representing your company during the Audit.

It is extremely important to contact us as soon as you find out about the New Entrant Audit.

What steps are we taking for you?

Your dedicated New Entrant Audit Specialist will take over communication and correspondence with the DOT auditor and get access to information such as Driver and Vehicle Lists, pin numbers, account logins, etc.

DOT Auditors typically give carriers about 5-20 business days prior to the upcoming audit. Your New Entrant Audit can come up anytime in the first 6-12 months of receiving your DOT Number. Contact us ASAP after being notified of the audit so we can prepare.

We will educate you and ensure that you have the process setup to not only pass the audit but for future success as a Commercial Motor Carrier. 

Prepared and organized goes a long way and usually merits favorable outcomes, which is exactly what we accomplish for you.

DOT Compliance and Licensing Services

If you are ready to get started or would just like more information on how you can start being more proactive with your compliance, please fill out the form below. We are here to help and answer any questions.