DOT Inspections

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If a truck is in the UNITED STATES, COMMERCIAL, OVER 10,001 LBS. OR CARRYING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS regardless of weight, the TRUCK IS REQUIRED to have an ANNUAL FEDERAL INSPECTION. The same applies for all trailers. A commercial motor vehicle is defined as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate (between states) or intrastate (within a single state) commerce to transport passengers or property.

At Truck Service, Inc. our DOT Inspections are designed to keep you in compliance with all applicable DOT regulations. Our inspectors have a minimum of two years’ hands-on experience in the heavy truck repair industry and know what to look for during the inspection of your vehicle.

According to the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance), if you are placed "Out of Service" the cost to you will average $861 not including charges for fines or emergency service repairs as a result of the inspection. Our DOT inspections will keep you in compliance and on the road.

There are six primary levels of DOT inspections.

Level I: North American Standard Inspection

Consists of an examination of the following:

  • Driver's License
  • Driver's Daily Log
  • Driver and Vehicle Inspection Report
  • Coupling Devices
  • Medical Card
  • Seat Belt
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust System
  • Frame
  • Fuel System
  • Turn Signals
  • Brake Lamps
  • Tail Lamps
  • Headlamps
  • Lamps on Projecting Loads
  • Safe Loading
  • Steering Mechanism
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Trailer Bodies
  • Wheels and Rims
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Hazmat Requirements

Level II: Walk-Around Driver and Vehicle Inspection

Examination of:

  • Everything in Level I that Does NOT involve Physically getting Under the Vehicle

Level III: Driver Only Inspection

Examination of:

  • Driver’s License
  • Medical Card
  • Driver’s Daily Log
  • Seat Belt
  • Driver and Vehicle Inspection Report
  • Hazmat Requirements

Level IV: Special Instructions

  • One Time Inspection of a Specific Item

Level V: Vehicle-Only Inspection

Examination of:

  • Everything in Level I Regarding just the Vehicle without a Driver Present

Level VI: Enhanced NAS Inspection for Radioactive Shipments

  • Inspect for Radiological Shipments
  • Inspection Procedures
  • Enhancements to Level I
  • Radiological Requirements
  • Enhanced Out of Service Criteria


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