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Up Front Hard Cost (3-month/Annual Business Fees)

                ENERGY QUEST National Energy Efficient Development Inc.

Mammatus Clouds


FMCSA Authority reinstatement fee: $399.00 -


Includes MC#; DOT3 and BOC-3 through Truckers Bookkeeping Service



Heavy Vehicle Title ​fee: $90.00


IRP and IFTA fee: 1 truck: $280.00 or two trucks $295.00



International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) – Oregon-based carriers operating interstate use Form 735-9908 and pay an annual fee to join the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).


Annual Heavy Vehicle registration fee: $539.00


Oregon heavy truck registration fees are graduated based on 2,000-pound weight groups. Vehicles with a combined weight of 46,001-48,000 pounds, for example, pay $593 per year.


Oregon State business State registry fee: $50.00 for two years



How GPS Vehicle Tracking Can
Improve Your Business - $159.00 and $19.95 a Month.


Call Track Your Truck today at 855-505-5468 and get started immediately! We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM CST.



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Monthly Live GPS Tracking with Unlimited Web Access - $19.99



Satellite tv

Pathway X1 mountable, stationary automatic (Truck and RV) Dish network TV for truck
- Automatically finds your service provider TV signal when stopped.  (FOR DISH NETWORK customers ONLY)

Carryout G2 mountable, stationary automatic(Truck and RV)
Direct TV Dish Network Bell satellite TV for truck driver
- Automatically finds your service provider TV signal when stopped.  (FOR DIRECTV or DISH NETWORK or BELL ExpressVu customers)

Power and cabling:  X1 (Dish) includes the coax cable and no other connection is necessary if using the correct receiver models.  The G2 (DirectTV or Dish or Bell) includes the coax and a small power box to plug into a cigarette lighter socket (12-volt) for power.  All mounting options are sold separately on this page.


(no sales tax on ANY ORDERS)  -  Canadian orders, please PHONE IN

Vu Cube satellite tv for semi truck driver  Perfect for truck drivers and RV's.  RUGGEDIZED internal components with 2-year warranty
  Works with Dish Network, DirecTV, and Bell ExpressVU, receivers (depending on model)
  Note: If you want HD (hi-definition) with mobile satellite TV, then you must use Dish Network as your provider.
  Note2: If you do NOT need HD, are already a DirectTV customer, or want the NFL package then we recommend using DirectTV as the provider.
  Note 3:  Canadians will find that Bell ExpressVu is the provider to use.
  RAPID AUTOMATIC pointing when you are stopped -.  No manual pointing.
   Feel more like you are at home and less like you are on the road.
  MADE IN THE U.S.A.  -  Two year parts and one year labor warranty!



Internet Truck Stop - $105.00



PC*MILER – http://pcmiler.com


The routing, mileage and mapping software that the transportation and logistics industry depends on to succeed. Accuracy and reliability have positioned PC*MILER as the software used by 98% of the top motor carriers and 96% of the top freight transportation firms in North America. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also rely on PC*MILER as their worldwide distance standard. If you're seeking to maximize revenues and minimize costs while utilizing the safest, most cost-effective routing for your vehicles and shipments, then PC*MILER is the answer. 800.377.6453


Truck License Plates and Plate Fees

Oregon-based trucks over 26,000 pounds combined weight display an ODOT truck license plate. Carriers pay $2.50 for one plate (for tractors) and $5 for two plates (for trucks), plus $8 for a Weight Receipt and Tax Identifier for each truck.


Carriers with trucks that generally only operate within Oregon display an ODOT plate marked "Commercial" that begins with the letters Y C. 
Trucks over 26,000 pounds combined weight that operate interstate display an ODOT plate marked "Apportioned" that begins with the letters Y A. Oregon carriers with these plates are participating in the International Registration Plan (IRP) by paying to Oregon the apportioned registration fees for each of the states in which they operate. Oregon then distributes the fees to states as a service to the carriers.


Oregon Commercial and Apportioned plates have a sticker indicating the registration year. The plates are renewed annually and valid from January through December. The sticker indicates the valid year, but not any month. Contact Motor Carrier Transportation Division staff -- 503-378-6699 -- for a replacement if a sticker is damaged, missing, or was misapplied.

Carriers based in other states are identified by the license plate issued by each carrier´s home state or province, usually under the International Registration Plan. When Oregon has a record of the plate issued to a truck, the carrier receives a Weight Receipt and Tax Identifier paper credential. With that in the truck cab, the truck is good-to-go in Oregon.



How much does Diesel gas cost per gallon?


Diesel based on 12,000 miles a month - National average price of diesel is about $4.70 per gallon while tractor trailer fuel mileage of between 7 to 8 miles per gallon. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080610192935AAP4Yxn


429 or 500 gallons x $4.70 = $2,016.30 or $2,350.00


International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) - Frequently Asked Questions

A. Total miles traveled in all jurisdictions: 3,000 to 3,500

B. Total gallons (both IFTA and non-IFTA jurisdictions): 428.57 or 429 or 500 gallons

D. Divide the amount on line 1A (3,000 to 3,500) by the amount on line 1B (429 or 500 gallons = 5.67 or 7) (round to two decimal places).

E. Average miles per gallon = 7


Each IFTA licensee must file a quarterly tax report, even if no miles were

driven during the calendar quarter.


• You are required to report all IFTA jurisdictions where you have traveled, even if the jurisdiction(s) are not printed on the return. Failure to file the return may result in an assessment of $100 per jurisdiction, plus penalty and interest.

• IFTA reports are due on the last day of the month immediately following the end of each tax period. Reports must be postmarked on or before the due date to be considered timely. If the last day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Legal Holiday, the next business day shall be considered the final filing date.

• Reports not filed by the due date are considered delinquent. The delinquent penalty is $50.00 or 10% of the tax liability, whichever is greater. http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251858157421&ssbinary=true

US Cargo Control.


Flatbed Tarps - Steel & Lumber Tarps


All truck tarps are not created equal. The right tarp for the job can mean the difference between a successful haul and a trouble-filled trip. Trailer tarps for flatbed trucks include lumber tarps and steel tarps. Both styles are made from PVC-coated polyester, but in differing weights (more on weights at bottom of page).


· A lumber tarp is generally larger and has a flap at the end to cover the ends of lumber units.

· A steel tarp is for lower profile loads of steel and is usually 4-sided. Flatbed steel tarps are designed with no flap for efficient hauling of steel cables, rods, sheets, etc.


All of our trailer tarps are designed with 2 or 3 rows of D-rings that run the length of the tarp depending on the drop size, or height, of the tarp.

Questions about our flatbed trailer tarps or what might work best for your needs? Contact our product experts at 866-444-9990.


Heavy Duty Lumber Tarp - 24' x 27' (8' Drop & Flap) - 18 oz. Blue Tarp

Part #: HLT24278-BLU

Price: $429.99

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Heavy Duty Lumber Tarp - 24' x 27' (8' Drop & Flap) - 18 oz. Red Tarp

Part #: HLT24278-RED

Price: $429.99




Grade 100 Chain and Binders - $1,000.00


Grade 100 chain is a premium-grade chain produced from high quality domestic alloy steel that is heat treated for strength and increased elongation characteristics. The chain is tested throughout the manufacturing process to ensure quality and durability. Our Grade 100 chain is made in the USA and meets and exceeds the specifications of NACM, ASTM, and OSHA and approved for overhead lifting.

Grade 100 chain is 25% stronger than
grade 80 chain, allowing for easier handling and increased efficiency. Due to its higher alloy content, grade 100 chain is also more rugged and resistant to fatigue. Grade 100 chain is quickly becoming the more popular choice for construction, manufacturing and rigging companies. Give our expert sales staff a call at 866-444-9990. They will be happy to find the right solution for your needs.

































































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Truck Liability Insurance Monthly Cost for one truck:


One Month Total: $500.00 ($1,500.00 down) 1 trailer


Three Month total: $1,500.00


This is usually the most costly portion of any trucking company's insurance package. Protecting you from damage or injuries to other people as a result of truck accidents this coverage is also mandated by the State and Federal agencies and a form of proof is required to be sent to them. Insurance required in compliance with ORS 825.160 or 825.166. Interstate carriers are governed by U.S. DOT regulations regarding insurance: 49 CFR Part 387 for the Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers.


Policy limits run the gambit from $300,000 on up; however, the usual policy limit sets each occurrence at $1mm and a policy aggregate of $2mm. Higher limits are available as necessary for your particular need.



Motor Truck Cargo Insurance Monthly Cost for one trailer: $


Flatbed: $1.50.00

Refer: $150.00


Three Month total: $1,800.00


The transporter of freight and commodities assumes responsibility for the cargo he has taken control of. The amount of that responsibility should be clearly established and understood by both the shipper and the transporter before the shipment is moved. This is usually done by contract, by bill of lading disclosure, or by published tariffs. Unfortunately, this level of detail is often overlooked by both parties.



Various policy endorsements are available to extend alternative coverages to the auto liability. Pollution liability, as relates to the use of vehicles, is a form that should be considered always. Various deductibles are available to allow you to absorb some of your losses and reduce your overall cost. Interstate truckers will need the MCS90, the BMC91x, and the appropriate State form endorsements which extend coverage to the regulatory agencies.


LONG-HAUL TRUCK DRIVER – Salary Calculator


Truck drivers who drive tractor-trailers usually earn between $12 and $19 an hour. These drivers are usually paid by the mile. If drivers own their own trucks, they usually make between $20,000 and $50,000 per year, after they pay their expenses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Drivers who work for local delivery companies usually earn between $8 and $15 per hour. These drivers are usually paid by the hour and get overtime if they work more than forty hours per week.



A five day work week ending at midnight or two weeks on the road and home for a weekend dependant upon the driver hired willingness to travel the 21 states or 7 states.


Seven days holiday pay at $15.00 an hour x 8 hours a day, totaling $120.00 a day x 8 totals: $960.00 and seven days off a year.




One Month Total: $1,339.90


Three Month total: $5,359.60


Workers Compensation Insurance Monthly Cost for one employee earning $4,000.00 monthly: $455.60 http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/pages/premium.aspx


Regulations and premium costs for workers compensation insurance vary from state to state, but the rates are always calculated at a cost per $100 of an employee's salary based on the risks involved in that type of work. Trucking Long Distance Hauling—All Employees & Drivers rate in 2009 was $11.39 per $100.00 (Class Description Code 7229)




Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Calendar Year 2006



Notice to Oregon Employers OCTO BER 15, 2012


2013 Workers Compensation Costs


The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) recently announced workers’ compensation costs for 2013. The changes include:

· A 1.7 percent average increase in the workers’ compensation “pure premium” rate for 2013.


The average increase is 3.7 percent for employers in the Assigned Risk Plan.

· No change in the workers’ compensation premium assessment, which remains at 6.2 percent in 2013. (Self-insured employers and self-insured employer groups pay an additional 0.2 percent into reserves to pay claims in the event of a bankruptcy.)

· An increase from 2.8 cents per hour to 3.3 cents per hour, effective April 1, 2013, to fund the Workers’ Benefit Fund, along with a reduction in administrative costs and benefits. http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/qa.pdf



Proposed 2015 Workers' Compensation Premium Assessment Rates


Assessment Rate - The assessment to be levied against insurers, self-insured employers and self-insured employer groups for Calendar Year 2015 shall be 6.2 percent of direct earned premium and the direct earned premium self-insured employers and self-insured employer groups would have paid had they been insured employers.


Stat. Auth.: ORS 656.612, 656.726, ORS 705.135

Stats. Implemented: ORS 656.612, ORS 656.614


Adjustment Reserve Rate - In addition to the assessments established in OAR 440-045-0020, self-insured employers for the Calendar Year 2015 shall be assessed an additional 0.2 percent to fund the Self-Insured Employer Adjustment Reserve.


Stat. Auth.: ORS 656.612, 656.726, ORS 705.135

Stats. Implemented: ORS 656.612, ORS 656.614



TRINITY INSURANCE SERVICES, LLC - dba in California as Trinity Commercial Insurance Services LLC & in New York as Trinity Commercial Insurance Services LLC – (One truck, trailer and employee):




Truck Liability Insurance: $500.00 ($1,500.000 down)

Flatbed Cargo Insurance: $150.00 ($500.00 down)

Work Comp: $455.60


Three Month Total


Truck Liability Insurance: $1,500.00

Flatbed Cargo Insurance: $450.00

Work Comp: $1,366.80


Whether you are a long haul trucking company hauling 500 miles or more from your terminal or you are a short haul trucking company staying in a 100 – 300 mile radius, Trinity Insurance Services has programs designed for your specific insurance needs. 

Our agents have been specifically trained to handle your filings, including State, Federal and UIIA filings.   Contact us to get your Commercial Auto Liability, Physical Damage, Motor Truck Cargo, General Liability and Workers Comp insurance quote today.




740-040-0010 - Insurance


740-040-0020 - Liability Insurance


740-040-0030 - Cargo Insurance


740-040-0040 - Sanctions for Insurance Cancellation


740-040-0080 - Instruments Filed Become Permanent Records


Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722
Phone: (503) 986-1523 • Fax: (503) 986-1616 •



This subpart prescribes the minimum levels of financial responsibility required to be maintained by motor carriers of property operating motor vehicles in interstate, foreign, or intrastate commerce. The purpose of these regulations is to create additional incentives to motor carriers to maintain and operate their vehicles in a safe manner and to assure that motor carriers maintain an appropriate level of financial responsibility for motor vehicles operated on public highways.


Citation: [46 FR 30982, June 11, 1981, as amended at 48 FR 52683, Nov. 21, 1983]



Insurance for Semi Trucks, Cargo Liability and Workers Compensation Insurances


Trinity Insurance Services LLC


Whether you are a long haul trucking company hauling 500 miles or more from your terminal or you are a short haul trucking company staying in a 100 – 300 mile radius, Trinity Insurance Services has programs designed for your specific insurance needs. 

Our agents have been specifically trained to handle your filings, including State, Federal and UIIA filings. Offering Commercial Auto Liability, Physical Damage, Motor Truck Cargo, General Liability and Workers Comp insurance quote today.



Oregon Employer Unemployment Tax (ER pays these taxes) Monthly Cost for one employee earning $4,000.00 monthly:




3.3 to 5.4 percent x $4,000.00 = $132.00 to $216.00


Three Month Total: $648.00


State Unemployment Tax Rates 2008-2014: 3.3 to 5.4 percent



Oregon Unemployment Taxes

Employer (ER) pays State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA). If Employer has different experience rate based on SUTA claims and other factors, they pay a different rate from the default standard rate.



Employment Service Programs for Employers


Unemployment insurance tax rate notices for 2014 were mailed to employers on November 15, 2013. Please click on the link below for general information about the 2014 rates.

2014 paper quarterly payroll tax report forms will be available for ordering on March 1, 2014. The "Order Forms" webpage can be accessed at the bottom of the "Reporting Methods and Forms" section below.



Oregon Employment Department unemployment tax rate

November 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM, updated November 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM


Tuesday that tax rates employers pay for unemployment insurance will fall for the first time in three years, a spokesman said, another sign of the state's improving economy.

The average tax rate drops from 3 percent to 2.76 percent, the state said. Officials say the lower rates could save employers $85 per employee, on average, and more than $100 million overall. The state's lowest unemployment tax rate - paid by employers with few unemployment claims - drops from 2.2 percent to 1.8 percent on the first $35,000 paid to each employee. The highest tax rate - assessed to an employer with a large number of unemployment claims - remains at 5.4 percent.


The rate for new employers that lack claims experience drops from 3.3 percent to 3.1 percent. The wages base that's taxed increases from $34,100 to $35,000. Any income above that isn't taxed. -- Brent Hunsberger



Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) Monthly with one employee:




.08 percent x $4,000.00 = $320.00


Three Months: $960.00


In addition to Oregon’s unemployment tax, you pay a federal unemployment tax (FUTA tax) based on payroll. The FUTA tax is collected by the Internal Revenue Service to fund the administrative costs of the employment service and unemployment insurance programs throughout the country.


Timely Oregon Unemployment Tax Payments Reduce FUTA Tax


Paying all state unemployment taxes and filing all required reports by January 31 for the previous calendar year allows a credit against FUTA tax. The FUTA tax rate is 6.2% on the first $7000 of an employee’s wages. The maximum allowable credit is 5.4% resulting in a net payable FUTA tax rate of .08%.


Employment Department tax representative in your area



• Visit our Web site at http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/TAX/OTTERhome.shtml;

• Call (503) 947-1488, TDD/Nonvoice users 711; or

• E-mail at taxinfo@emp.state.or.us




Oregon State Employee Withholding Tax. (EE pays these taxes)


Oregon Combined Payroll Tax Report Paper packets are mailed each year in February. You will not receive a packet if you file reports using a payroll reporting service, such as ADP, Paychex, or Ceridian, or if you report using one of the electronic reporting methods.


Oregon Combined Payroll Tax Report packets contain the following:


• Oregon Quarterly Tax Report (Form OQ - one for each quarter)

• Employee Detail Report (Form 132 - one for each quarter). Employers who have more than 20 employees should order additional forms.

• Oregon Schedule B (one for each quarter)

• Order Request Form

• Change In Status Report (Form 013)

• Oregon Annual Withholding Tax

Reconciliation Report (Form WR).


All employers subject to Oregon Unemployment Insurance tax are required to file the Oregon Quarterly Tax Report (Form OQ) each quarter, even if there were no employees. Failure to file when an account is active could result in penalties.


The Employee Detail Report (Form 132) is required for each quarter during which you had Oregon employees.


If your business had been inactive and then hired employees again, call (503)

947-1488, option 5.


Social Security Tax Monthly Cost for one employee earning $4,000.00 monthly: $248.00.


Three Month Total: $744.00.


How to Calculate an Employer's Social Security for Payroll Expenses

by Mark Kennan, Demand Media


The Social Security payroll tax includes both an employee portion and an employer portion. As a company, when calculating your payroll expenses, you need to account for the additional payroll cost of the employer portion of the Social Security tax. This portion comes out of the company's account, not out of the employee's paycheck. Knowing how much you have to pay on behalf of your employee helps you manage your budget so you do not get in trouble with the federal government.


Step 1


Add the employee's current gross income to the employee's gross income for the year. For example, if the employee previously had $106,500 in income and was just paid an additional $4,000, the new total equals $110,500.


Step 2


Subtract the maximum wages subject to the Social Security tax from the employee's new total pay. If the result is negative, the employee's total paycheck is subject to the Social Security tax. If the result is greater than the current paycheck, none of the employee's paycheck is subject to the Social Security tax. If the result is greater than zero but less than the employee's paycheck, the result is the amount of the paycheck that is not subject to the Social Security tax. As of 2011, the Social Security tax applies to up to $106,800 of income. In this example, subtract $106,800 from $110,500 to get $3,700.


Step 3


Subtract the amount of the paycheck not subject to the Social Security tax, if any, from the total paycheck to find the portion you must use to calculate your Social Security payroll expenses. In this example, subtract $3,700 from $4,000 to find the Social Security tax only applies to $300 of the current paycheck.


Step 4


Multiply the amount of the paycheck affected by the Social Security tax by the current employer rate for the Social Security tax. As of 2011, the employer rate equals 6.2 percent. You can check the current rate on the Social Security Administration website. Finishing this example, multiply $4,000.00 by 0.062 to find your company must pay $248.00 Monthly on behalf of this employee for the Social Security payroll expense.



Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information



Employer W-2 Filing Instructions & Information



Oregon Payroll Tax Calculator


Oregon Tax Calculator is used to calculate the taxes for the Oregon Withholding, Unemployment for both employee and employer.

Oregon State Taxes:

BullOregon State Employee Withholding Tax. (EE pays these taxes)
BullOregon Employer Unemployment Tax. (ER pays these taxes)

Oregon Unemployment Taxes

Employer (ER) pays State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA). If Employer has different experience rate based on SUTA claims and other factors, they pay a different rate from the default standard rate.

Oregon State Reciprocity Agreement

Oregon State does not have any Reciprocity Agreement with other states. In this tax calculator you can calculate the taxes with Resident Location as Oregon and work location with all other 50 states. Basically you can estimate payroll taxes different combinations of residence/work area scenarios.

Oregon Local Authority Tax

Oregon State has county level Employee Occupational Tax.



OSHA Trucking Industry Index:


This site provides information about preventing occupational illness and injury in the trucking industry through links to summaries, training presentations, publications and other resources. It also offers a one-stop location to find applicable Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance requirements related to worker protection.


OSHA regulations govern the safety and health of the workers and the responsibilities of employers to ensure their safety at the warehouse, dock, construction site, and in other places truckers go to deliver and pick up loads throughout the country. While OSHA does not regulate self-employed truckers, it does regulate workplaces to which the truckers deliver goods and the workers which receive those goods.


The trucking industry is addressed in specific standards for recordkeeping and the general industry.


How do I find out about employer responsibilities and worker rights?

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or worker rights.


OSHA has a great deal of information to assist employers in complying with their responsibilities under the OSHA law.


OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to OSHA's Regional & Area Offices webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).


Small Business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential on-site consultation service to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. On-site consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-site Consultation webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.


Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Employees can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to your local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by an employee are more likely to result in an inspection.


If you think your job is unsafe or you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). It's confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.



Business Requirements for a new trucking company include establishing an account

with the Oregon DOT, Motor Carrier Transportation Division







Business Requirements:


Trucking companies can use a home or office computer to conduct business with Oregon via the Internet. Any motor carrier registered to operate in Oregon can apply for a password to access a secure Trucking Online Web site.

Go to the
Trucking Online Web page for more information and check the growing list of online transaction services available.


Federal DOT Number and Motor Carrier Authority Number' Understand your requirements and apply for these certifications online at the Federal Motor Carrier Authorit's website.


Heavy Use Tax Form (2290)' Comply with tax regulations related to the heavy use of U.S roads with IRS Form 2290Download Adobe Reader to read this link content.


International Registration Plan (IRP) Tag' Understand your requirements and obtain IRP tags by visiting your stat's transportation website and their IRP portal.


International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Decal' Understand your requirements and obtain IFTA decals by visiting your state's transportation website.


BOC-3 Filing - Use a processing agent and the BOC-3 filingDownload Adobe Reader to read this link content option to secure and maintain active operating status.


Carriers are required to display markings on each side of their truck power units showing the carrier's legal name, or a single trade name of the business that owns or controls operations, and the carrier's U.S. DOT number. Lettering must "contrast sharply" with background colors and be large enough to be seen from a distance of 50 feet during daylight hours when the vehicle is stationary. These are federal requirements that Oregon has adopted (See 49 CFR 390.21). Click here to read a one-page handout about the requirements.


DOT Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection Requirements


In the past, the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration accepted Oklahoma’s mandatory annual state vehicle inspection in lieu of a federal inspection. Since Oklahoma no longer requires a vehicle inspection, this obviously is no longer the case. The DOT has determined that it is the motor carrier who is responsible for ensuring that each vehicle has been inspected annually.


Today, a motor carrier has two options to meet DOT inspection requirements. First, the motor carrier may perform his or her own inspection. However, if a motor carrier self inspects, the motor carrier must have a qualified person in-house who is certified as per 49 CFR 396.19. Second, a motor carrier may choose to have a commercial garage, fleet leasing company, truck stop, or other similar commercial business perform the inspection as its agent, provided that business operates and maintains facilities appropriate for commercial vehicle inspections and it employs qualified inspectors, as required by 49 CFR 396.19.


Either way, the original or a copy of the inspection report must be retained by the motor carrier or other entity who is responsible for the inspection for a period of 14 months from the date of the inspection. The original or a copy of the inspection report must be retained where the vehicle is either housed or maintained. Finally, the original or a copy of the inspection report must be available for inspection upon demand by an authorized federal, state, or local official. In other words, a copy must also be retained in the vehicle. DOT does not require a specific inspection report form, but they do require that the inspector include particular information in the report, as required by 49 CFR 396.21.


Vehicle inspection forms are available from this agency without cost. To receive a form, contact this office by telephone, fax, or through e-mail. A copy of the vehicle inspection regulations will be included or you may receive them by logging onto the DOT website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.



Business TIPS and help information:


Succeeding as an Owner-Operator (PDF): This white paper, published by the Used Truck Association, provides a brief overview on how to develop a successful trucking company.


OSHA Trucking Industry Index: A detailed resource on federal trucking safety standards. It also provides links to federal training requirements, state-specific websites, and other relevant governmental departments. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trucking_industry/index.html

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Evaluate general trucking industry employment facts and statistics from the US Department of Labor.



Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

2012 Median Pay

$38,200 per year
$18.37 per hour

Entry-Level Education

Postsecondary non-degree award

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2012


Job Outlook, 2012-22

11% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2012-22


2012 Median Pay

$38,200 per year
$18.37 per hour

Entry-Level Education

Postsecondary non-degree award

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Employment Change, 2012-22




DOT Interstate Motor Operations Booklet: This guidebook lays out the rules and requirements of interstate trucking. It also provides contact information for applicable state and federal entities.



IRS Trucking Industry Overview: A detailed, technical look at the tax and accounting specifics of running a trucking company.



Truck and bus drivers banned from using hand-held phones

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have issued their long-awaited final rule prohibiting interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones. Read the final rule.

Read some frequently asked questions and answers about the ban. 

Drivers who violate the restriction face civil penalties up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving face a maximum penalty of $11,000. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that about four million commercial drivers will be affected by the final rule.

FMCSA has noted that while driver distraction studies have produced mixed results, its own research shows that using a hand-held cell phone while driving requires a driver to take several steps beyond what is required for using a hands-free phone, including searching and reaching for the phone. Commercial drivers reaching for an object like a cell phone are three times more likely to be involved in a crash, a near-crash, or lane departure and dialing a hand-held cell phone makes it six times more likely.

Texting involves a combination of visual, cognitive, and manual distraction from the driving task. Research shows that during 6-second intervals immediately before a crash, near-crash, or lane departure, texting drivers took their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds. Other research has found that truck drivers who send text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash than drivers who keep their eyes on the road. In January 2010, FMCSA banned commercial truck and bus drivers from text messaging and PHMSA later followed with a companion regulation banning texting by intrastate hazardous materials drivers.

To view the record in this rulemaking, go to
www.regulations.gov and type in Docket Number FMCSA–2010-0096 or PHMSA-2010-0227.

Oregon lawmakers took their own action earlier in 2011 to further tighten a two-year old law banning all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. 
ORS 811.507 completely banned text communications (texting) and removed a problematic exemption that allowed a person driving in the scope of employment to use a hand-held cell phone if it was necessary for the person’s job. The provision was intended for people like truck drivers who routinely use a phone on the job. But police and judges complained that all types of drivers were using the exemption as an excuse.


Oregon’s law makes it a Class D traffic violation, for talking or texting on a hand-held cell phone. The ban does not apply to drivers using a phone equipped with a hands-free device, although motorists younger than 18 cannot drive with a hand-held or hands-free phone.

ORS 811.507 the ban on the use of cell phones does not apply to:


· A tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle operator or operators of vehicles owned or contracted by a utility for installing, repairing, maintaining, operating, or upgrading gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, or other utility service.

· A person summoning medical or other emergency help if no other person in the vehicle is capable.

· A person using a mobile communication device for farm or agricultural operations.

· Ambulance or emergency vehicle operators.

· A person 18 years of age or older who is using a hands-free accessory.

· Public safety services or emergency services workers.

· Firefighters and police officers.

· A person activating or deactivating a mobile communication device or a function of the device.

· A licensed amateur radio operator.

· A person operating a two-way device that transmits on a citizens or family radio service band frequency.

A person using a device for only one-way voice communication while in the scope of employment, providing transit services, or participating in public safety or emergency services activities.



Motor Carrier Services Offices Staff

Salem Headquarters - Motor Carrier Transportation Division 
3930 Fairview Industrial Drive, SE Salem OR  97302-1166
Call: 503-378-6699
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone Service Center Open 24 hours / 7 days - 503-378-6699 
Map and Directions 

Field Office: 


Portland Bridge Office, I-5, Oregon/Washington border
12348 N Center Avenue, Portland OR 97217-7871
Call: 971-673-5900
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday 
Truck Stops

The Motor Carrier Transportation Division has compiled a list of truck stops with a fax service truckers can use to have credentials sent to them. The list does not include all that are in or near Oregon. View a 
Web page list of Truck Stops or a two-page handout.

And don't forget Trucking Online!

Trucking companies can use a home or office computer to conduct business with Oregon via the Internet. Any motor carrier registered to operate in Oregon can apply for a password to access a secure Trucking Online Web site. Go to the
Trucking Online Web site for more information and check the growing list of online transaction services available.

*Over-the-counter service is not available on State-observed holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, the Phone Service Center at 503-378-6699, which is usually staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, stops taking calls at 5 p.m. the day before those major holidays and restarts at 8 a.m. the day after.


Full Service Available only 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday (except holidays*)
at Salem Headquarters and Portland Bridge / Jantzen Beach Office


1. Oregon Tax and Registration Temporary Permits

2. Orders for Permanent or Temporary Oregon Weight Receipt and Tax Identifier

3. Replacement Temporary Vehicle Registration

4. DMV Trailer Trip Permits

5. New Carrier Applications for ODOT Accounts or Authority

6. Reinstatement of Suspended ODOT Accounts

7. International Registration Plan - Prorate Transactions (requires appointment)

8. Commercial or Prorate Registration Renewals (requires appointment)

9. Insurance Filings

10. Weight-Mile Tax Mileage Reports

11. Miscellaneous Payments on Account


* Certain transactions may need to be pre-authorized by carrier and paid with credit card or pre-authorized draft.

Plan Ahead!
Only the first four basic services listed above are available nights, weekends, & holidays by calling the Salem Service Center - 503-378-6699


Single-Trip and Annual Over-Dimension Permits
Phone 503-373-0000 - Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Walk-In Counter Service - Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*State-observed holidays include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an Owner-Operator




Motor Carrier Transportation Division's Registration page for insurance and bonds.



Motor Carrier Transportation Division's Safety.

Physicians are required to be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.


After May 21, 2014, physicians who offer physicals to commercial motor vehicle drivers must be listed on the National Registry of certified Medical Examiners. 49 CFR, Part 390, Subpart D describes the requirements to be listed in the National Registry. For more information check out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV). 


Truck and bus drivers banned from using hand-held phones

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have issued their long-awaited final rule prohibiting interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones. 
Read the final rule. http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/pages/safety.aspx#drug___alcohol_testing


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Registration Web site. For more information, visit the FMCSA home site www.fmcsa.dot.gov or call the Oregon Division office in Salem at 503-399-5775.


PLEASE NOTE: The FMCSA has implemented a more stringent credit card and transaction verification procedure. All credit card transactions now require verification of the credit card number, expiration date, security code, billing address and telephone number.


To update your Docket Number (Operating Authority) information electronically, you will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN). A separate Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to update your USDOT Number information electronically.

Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN. Allow 4 to 7 business days to receive your PIN by mail.



PLEASE NOTE: Beginning October 1, 2013, all FMCSA regulated brokers and freight forwarders must obtain and file with FMCSA a surety bond or trust fund agreement in the amount of $75,000. For further information, see FMCSA's Federal Register Notice dated September 5, 2013.


Note: Reinstatements may not be processed immediately. It is the responsibility of the motor carrier to ensure that they are in full compliance with all FMCSA regulations prior to beginning interstate operations.



Motor Carrier Transportation Division's Central Business Registry or contact the Oregon Corporation Division  by mail to 255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151, Salem OR 97310-0210, or call 503-986-2200.

Motor Carrier Education program Web site. http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/pages/education.aspx

Also, contact a registration analyst 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 503-378-6699.




Oregon Withdrawals from IRP Clearinghouse


Oregon will no longer participate in the IRP Inc., Clearinghouse. Beginning in February Oregon will revert to transmitting apportioned fees and transmittals directly to the jurisdictions.


Letter from Director Garrett to IRP Inc., CEO


Application for Oregon Motor Carrier Account –  Form 735-9075 – Complete this form if operating trucks with a combined weight over 26,000 pounds or if operating trucks weighing 26,000 pounds or less and hauling for-hire. See ORS 825.015 and 825.017 for a list of vehicles exempt from motor carrier regulation.
Out-of-State Vehicle RegistrationForm 735-9076 – Complete this form to register trucks or correct or change the registration of trucks that are based outside of Oregon and are already operating under an Oregon permit. This form is needed to obtain an Oregon Weight Receipt and Tax Identifier credential for each truck. The credential is essential for identifying the company´s Oregon weight-mile tax account. There is an $8 fee for each Weight Receipt. 
Oregon-Based Vehicle RegistrationForm 735-9691 – Complete this form to register trucks that operate intrastate (within Oregon) only or to correct or change the registration of trucks already operating under an Oregon permit.

Carriers operating vehicles in Oregon with a combined weight over 26,000 pounds must have either a valid temporary pass or an Oregon Weight Receipt and Tax Identifier for each power unit. Check Oregon´s 
entry and enforcement policy for handling vehicles entering the state without appropriate tax credentials.
Application for Class 1A Permit – Form 735-9745 – Complete this form and pay a $300 filing fee if operating as a for-hire carrier hauling property, other than household goods, from point to point within Oregon. 
Paper Application for U.S. DOT Number –  Form MCS-150 – Complete this form to apply for a U.S. DOT number and to provide updates every two years.


Online Application for U.S. DOT Number –  Go online to register as a motor carrier & update information. Complete the MCS-150 form online. Find other related information at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration site: http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Insurance Requirements


Review federal regulations regarding the Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers.
International Registration Plan (IRP) – Oregon-based carriers operating vehicles interstate use Schedule A, the International Registration Plan and Fuel Tax Agreement Application Combined, to apply for a new account, create a new fleet or for renewal. They use Schedule R for establishing Oregon proof of residency. They also use Oregon IRP Mileage Schedule B when setting up a new account, Schedule C when adding new trucks to an established account or fleet, and 2014 Schedule G for average mileage that an Oregon-based vehicle operates in a year. Prorate registration is handled over-the-counter by appointment only at Salem Headquarters or the Portland Bridge Jantzen Beach office.

For more information, visit the 
IRP Web Site or check out the Oregon Motor Carrier Registration and Tax Manual. 
International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) – Oregon-based carriers operating interstate use Form 735-9908 and pay an annual fee to join the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). The annual fee ranges from $280 to $575 depending on the number of trucks the Oregon carrier elects to operate under IFTA. Once the fee is paid, Oregon issues an IFTA license that allows the carrier to operate in any number of states and submit one report to MCTD showing the fuel taxes paid in those states. Carriers use Form 735-9740 to file their IFTA Tax Return on a quarterly basis (see instructions on pages 3 and 4 of the form). Oregon allocates the fuel taxes to the various states and audits the carrier´s report for accuracy (visit the Forms and Tables page for the latest fuel tax rates.)

IFTA Temporary Decal Permits can be issued to a carrier, on request, when adding a new vehicle to the existing IFTA license or replacing decals on a vehicle. The permit is vehicle-specific and must be carried in each vehicle listed on the permit along with a copy of the current valid Oregon IFTA license until new decals are placed on the vehicle.

Oregon is not a fuel tax state. For trucks over 26,000 pounds, Oregon recovers highway-use costs through a weight-mile tax rather than a diesel fuel tax. But Oregon administers an IFTA program as a service to Oregon-based companies who operate in other states that do charge a fuel tax.


The IFTA program is necessary because except by purchasing single-trip permits, these companies have no other way to discharge their fuel tax liability. They cannot individually file quarterly fuel tax reports and make payments to states and provinces. For more information, visit the IFTA Web Site or check out the Oregon Motor Carrier Registration and Tax Manual.
Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) – Proof of payment of HVUT is required for commercial registration of trucks weighing 55,000 pounds or more. This is an annual tax paid to the Internal Revenue Service. See Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return - Form 2290 and Instructions for Completing Form 2290.

The IRS now offers a way for all motor carriers to electronically pay HVUT. Moreover, the agency is now requiring carriers to file electronically if they have 25 or more vehicles. In June 2008, the IRS sent letters to all heavy vehicle taxpayers who had registered 25 or more vehicles in the past to inform them that they’re required to e-file their Form 2290. Carriers cannot e-file the HVUT return directly to the IRS. Instead, they must submit it through one of the IRS-approved transmitter/software providers, each of which charges a fee for the service. 
Visit the Form 2290 e-file Web page for links to the companies that have passed IRS testing requirements for software developers of electronic business returns.

The IRS is continuing to accept the paper Form 2290 for anyone registering fewer than 25 vehicles. A stamped copy of the Schedule 1 will continue to be returned to carriers by mail if they submit the paper form. Those using e-file will receive Schedule 1 electronically through their transmitter/software provider. The electronic Schedule 1, which has an e-file logo watermark, can be printed and used as proof of payment.

Other Necessary Documents


To register to operate in Oregon, motor carriers also need to submit the vehicle identification (bill of sale, certificate of origin, out-of-state registration), a DEQ certificate for the Portland Metro and Medford areas if the vehicle is not diesel-powered, and an equipment lease if applicable.


Corporate Certificate of Standing and Assumed Business Name Registration – File these forms with the Oregon Secretary of State if you operate as a Corporation or under an Assumed Business Name (Central Business Registry - New Assumed Business Name). The Corporate Certificate of Standing must be dated within the last two years. Contact the Oregon Corporation Division by mail to 255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151, Salem OR 97310-0210, or call 503-986-2200.
Power of Attorney – File a Power of Attorney form with MCTD if you use an agent or reporting service to conduct business for you, such as filing for operating authority, registering vehicles, and filing tax reports.

Unified Carrier Registration Agreement - The Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCRA) is a base-state system for registering interstate motor carriers with vehicles over 10,000 lbs., including private, for-hire, and exempt carriers, farmers operating in interstate commerce, and brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies. Guide to, What is Interstate Commerce? All of these operators must pay annual registration fees that fund state motor carrier safety programs, enforcement, and UCR administration. The program is designed for states that need to replace revenue they formerly collected under the Single State Registration System (SSRS). Oregon never participated in SSRS and it’s not participating in UCRA. Oregon-based interstate operators must pay online at a UCRA-designated Web site -- www.ucr.in.gov -- or they must select a Western state, other than Oregon, and pay their fees to it.

Effective December 1, 2013 Oregon Motor Carrier will no longer accept Guaranteed Drafts. These include: Fleet One, TCH (EFS), EFS Transcheck, and T-Check. Motor Carrier will accept cash, check, money order, Visa or Mastercard, and charge to account, when applicable.


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