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New Commercial Vehicle Operators


Statutes and Rules

Minnesota Statutes

Minnesota Rules

Guide for new operators

Find out the basic requirements to operate as a motor carrier in Minnesota.

For commercial vehicle drivers

Driver's checklist

To drive a commercial motor vehicle, you will need:

  1. A current, valid driver's license for the vehicle being driven
  2. Your medical examiner's certificate
  3. A copy of the vehicle's registration
  4. A copy of the previous day's daily vehicle inspection report
  5. Proof of vehicle insurance
  6. Driver's daily log book
  7. Proof of proper operating authority, if operating for-hire
  8. A copy of your Uniform Hazardous Material Credentials, if handling HazMat that requires the vehicle to be placarded
  9. Documentation of U.S. DOT number
  10. A copy of your U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Certificate of Registration or other document showing your Registration number
Motor carrier checklist

To be a licensed motor carrier in Minnesota, you will need:

  1. Intrastate for-hire operating authority
  2. Interstate for-hire operating authority
  3. Proper insurance requirements

For vehicles

To use your vehicle as part of your commercial vehicle operations, you will need:

  1. Proper vehicle registration and licensing
  2. Proof of an annual inspection
  3. A fire extinguisher, extra fuses, and warning triangles
  4. A properly secured load
  5. Proper vehicle identification