What is the New Entrant Safety Audit?
If you are an interstate carrier (intrastate carriers are not enrolled in the new entrant program) you will be required to successfully complete the DOT New Entrant Safety Audit within the first 2-12 months of activation. You will be notified of an upcoming audit by paper mail. The letter will instruct you to call the FMCSA to verify company information. After you have answered their questions, they will then mail you another letter with a list of things you need to upload to them to pass the safety audit.
You may visit their website to learn more about each document requested: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/newentrant
1. Driver List to include, name, birthday, date of hire, DL number, license state
2. Vehicle List (tractors and trailers) to include unit numbers, VIN numbers and plate numbers
3. Proof of Insurance, a copy of a signed MCS-90
If your operations are agricultural and within a 150 miles you are exempt from the following requirements;
4. Medical card for 1 driver
5. MVR, a three year driving record from state’s DMV office for one driver
6. Copy of driver's license or CDL for one driver
7. Drivers Record of duty for 30 consecutive days, must include at least one interstate trip - documentation to include fuel receipts and ELD report or log book records.
8. Annual Vehicle inspection from a DOT Certified shop
If you operate vehicles requiring a CDL you must also submit;
9. Pre-employment drug test for one driver
9. Enrollment in a DOT approved Drug Consortium Program to include the list of all enrolled drivers.
All required documents must be uploaded to the FMCSA prior to the due date. All who fail the safety audit will require an in-person audit or be put out of service.