Specialized Areas

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

Executive Order 16-230 (Hurricane Matthew)

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In an effort to reduce the number of crashes related to commercial motor vehicles, CVE officers perform safety inspections on commercial vehicles and enforce traffic with an emphasis on violations by commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles interacting with large trucks.

The primary purpose of CVE’s weight enforcement program is to protect Florida’s highway system and bridges from damage from overweight vehicles. CVE conducts vehicle weighings at its 20 fixed weigh station locations and mobile enforcement with portable scales statewide.

In 2011 officers conducted more than 110,000 commercial vehicle inspections placing more than 14,000 vehicles and more than 5,000 drivers out of service for critical safety violations.

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Effective January 1, 2013 there are additional methods to determine if a CDL is required

Beginning January 1, 2013, statutory changes modifying Florida Statute 322.54 became effective . The change allows for an additional method to determine driver license requirements. In addition to using the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating as the sole determination factor, the actual weight of the vehicle can be used to make the determination.

There will be circumstances where the GVWR of one of the vehicles and the actual weight of the other(s) is used to determine if a CDL is required. Also, if the actual weight exceeds the GVWR, the greater weight will be used.

For more information please go to FS 322.54.


International Registration Plan / International Fuel Tax Agreement

Please contact the Bureau of Motor Carrier Services at (850) 617-3711 for information on International Registration Plan tags and International Fuel Tax Agreement decals.

Click on the following link to be directed to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website’s “Frequently Asked Questions” about I.R.P. and I.F.T.A.

www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/faqcarriers.html


Public Records

Public records and inspection reports may be requested by contacting Ms. Ashley McClellan by phone at (850) 617-2282 or e-mail ashleymcclellan@flhsmv.gov

Requests for Post-Crash Inspection Reports must include the following information:

Date of crash
County the crash occurred in
Name(s) of the motor carrier(s) involved


Regulation Forms


Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)

The Unified Carrier Registration Act which became effective January 1, 2007, replaces Single State Registration which was repealed December 31, 2006.

While Florida does not participate in the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR), it does affect both for hire and private motor carriers that engage in transportation outside of Florida.

Florida based carriers that are required to register should register with a participating state in which you have an office or with the participating state nearest your principal place of business.

For more information on UCR please visit http://www.ucr.in.gov/


Weight Enforcement

The primary purpose of the Weight Enforcement program of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) is to protect highway system pavement and structures (bridges) from excessive damage due to overweight and oversize vehicles. Troopers enforce state and federal laws and DOT rules that regulate the weight, size and registration of vehicles operating on the Florida’s highways.

The state’s weight and size limits were established to prevent heavy trucks from causing unreasonable damage to highway systems and thereby protect the public’s investment in these roadways. CVE’s Weight Enforcement program uses sworn law enforcement officers to enforce vehicle weight, size, fuel tax and registration requirements. Law enforcement officers patrol the state’s highways and use portable scales to weigh trucks that do not pass fixed scale facilities.


Trucking Manual

The Motor Carrier 2015 Trucking Manual is available. This manual covers many important points of Florida laws and Federal regulations governing the operation of commercial motor vehicles in the State of Florida.

2015 9th Edition – Trucking Manual


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