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Seasonal CDL Update

Effective May 4, 2021, DVS now offers a 60-day seasonal commercial driver’s license (CDL) option available in three 60-day blocks of time, or the standard 180-day seasonal CDL.  More information is available below.

COVID-19 : FMCSA: USDOT Guidance - Compliance with USDOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations (03-23-2020)

Truck Driver Safety – “The Big Three”

Safety practices need to be a part of everyday life for there to be a safety culture within a MCPR member company. With input from the MN State Patrol and FMCSA, we created “The Big Three” infographic for you to share with your drivers as a daily reminder of three simple decisions they can make to uphold our industry’s commitment to safety on the roads and reduce accidents.

  • Buckle up
  • Follow speed limits
  • Put down the phone

It also shows the number of CMV violations in Minnesota for speeding, phone use, and seat belts in 209.  Focusing on “The Big Three” can make a significant impact on highway safety.



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24 Hr Emergency Response Number
All shipping papers for hazardous materials are required to have a phone number listed that is answered by a person who is knowledgeable of the product being shipped and how to properly handle an emergency incident involving the product. This phone number must be answered by a person (not a voice mail) whenever the product is in transit 24 hours a day. To assist members comply with this DOT requirement, MCPR has teamed up with West Central Environmental Consultants (WCEC) to provide this 24/7 phone number service at a very reasonable cost.

Drug & Alcohol Testing
Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing Requirements can be found in the Minnesota Commercial Truck and Passenger Regulations HERE.

FMCSA Final Hours of Service Rule Changes
The FMCSA final Hours of Service rule changes compared to current rules may be downloaded by


If you operate any class of vehicle as an employer or employee, you may be subject to commercial motor carrier requirements. This includes driving single unit and combination vehicles of over 10,000 pounds GVW (such as construction vehicles), and vehicles used to deliver packages and other articles. Also included are vehicles designed or used to transport more than eight passengers (including the driver) for compensation. The requirements may include the need to possess a valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examiner's certificate, and restrictions on the number of hours you may drive.

Commercial Drivers License Manual

Restricted Seasonal CDL Information/Application

Carriers Subject to Driver Qualification (DQ) Rules

A carrier engaged in Minnesota intrastate transportation is subject to DQ rules if it is a:

  • For-hire carrier operating any size vehicle;
  • Private carrier operating a vehicle over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW);
  • Carrier operating a vehicle over 10,000 pounds GVW and exclusively transporting “exempt” commodities, as described in Minnesota Statutes, Section 221.025 (M.S. § 221.025);1
  • Person transporting HM of a type or quantity that requires the vehicle to be placarded;
  • Certain transit providers; or
  • Solid waste transporters
  • Driver Qualification File Checklist


Q:Do you need a HAZMAT endorsement to haul anhydrous ammonia in a nurse tank?

A: Maybe: You DO NOT need a Hazmat endorsement IF: you have a MN Provisional CDL, which is good for 180 days per year (60-day blocks of time or the standard 180-day). It is a provisional license that allows those in our industry to haul Hazardous materials without a CDL with a Hazmat endorsement. You DO need a Hazmat endorsement IF: you don’t have a MN Provisional CDL. Example would be if someone that already has a CDL was going to be hauling hazardous material they would need to get the Hazmat endorsement. They wouldn’t be able to get the MN Provisional CDL, since then they would have two CDL licenses, which is not allowed.

DOT Hazardous Materials Information


Ag Exemption Information

  • Click here to read the USDOT directive on the Ag exemption for transporting hours of service issues. This document is what the MN Hwy Patrol is using to interpret federal law and rules.

USDOT Motor Carrier Identification Report
Mail To:
Department of Public Safety
Pro Rate Office
1110 Centre Pointe Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118


Contesting a fine/ticket?
If you believe you have been wrongly given a fine/ticket you can challenge the action via the DataQs system.