Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If your questions are not answered below, you can contact one of our DOT Compliance Specialists and we can answer any other questions you have or assist in setting you up with any of our DOT Compliance and Licensing Services.

Please visit to find a Substance Abuse Provider. After you have gone through the Substance Abuse Program, we can help you with follow-up drug testing.

It depends. The answer is yes if you operate a vehicle outside of a 150 air-mile radius, more than 8 days in a 30-day rolling period. And if your truck engine year is 2000 or newer, you then would be required to have an ELD. There would be a few other exemptions depending on your cargo.

No. You do not need a DOT number if you are not using your vehicle for commercial purposes.

If you receive prize money, awards or profit from the shows in any way, you can be considered commercial carrier and, depending on your weight, you would need a DOT number.

A conditional rating can affect carriers in a lot of ways. Conditional carriers can immediately see less work from brokers, or even be restricted from future loads, while more long-term effects are higher rates for insurance at renewal and new driver prospects may completely avoid applying for a job with your company.

Learn about a Safety Rating Upgrade from a conditional to unsatisfactory rating

If you hold a valid IFTA license, it is imperative to submit a quarterly report by the month’s end following each calendar quarter (January, April, July, and October). This requirement applies even if your truck did not operate during the period. Failing to file on time incurs penalties and interest charges, which can escalate the tax bill significantly. Missing a quarter’s filing could lead to suspension or revocation of your license, necessitating additional reinstatement fees. Failure to pay taxes owed may also result in the inability to renew the IFTA permit for the upcoming year. Compliance with these regulations demands careful attention and diligence.

Learn more about Fuel Taxes and IFTA

In Pennsylvania, registering your commercial vehicles with the International Registration Plan (IRP) is an option that allows for interstate operation (across state lines) under a single registration plate and registration certificate, which would be issued by your “home” or “base” state.

Learn more about IRP Audit Assistance

You can watch this video to understand the registration process.

We offer this as a professional service. It is the same idea as if you were to go to a hairstylist versus cutting your own hair. You can do it yourself and save some money, but is it going to look good after it’s done?

Yes. There are some differences when working with each state through their licensing services, but we are able to assist in most cases.

CNS will prepare and represent you through an audit. If you already had an audit, we can represent you through a safety rating upgrade and help with associated fines as well.


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