Motor Carriers

Important Updates

A Federal Disaster Relief Permit is available in the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) for the transport of divisible commodities consisting of emergency relief supplies related to Tropical Storms Marco and Laura. This $0 cost Permit is only available during national emergencies or major disasters declared by the President of the United States. A copy of the President’s declaration must be carried with the permit.

View and print the the Presidential Disaster Declaration:

COVID-19/Coronavirus

  1. Motor Carriers Exempt From Texas Self-Quarantine Order
    Motor carriers engaged in commercial activity are exempt from a self-quarantine order issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Gov. Abbott issued an Executive Order that mandates a 14-day quarantine for traveler’s entering Texas from the bordering state of Louisiana, and from several other states and specific cities that are hot spots for the COVID-19 pandemic. View the latest Executive Orders

  2. International Registration Plan (Apportioned Registration) Suspensions.
    Many U.S. states and Canadian provinces have suspended International Registration Plan requirements due to the COVID-19 emergency. Suspensions are linked from the IRP, Inc. site

  3. Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a declaration of disaster temporarily suspending size and weight restrictions and oversize/overweight permitting requirements for vehicles and loads associated with activities needed to respond to COVID-19/Coronavirus. Please utilize both waivers when using this suspension.

    Note: TxDMV is not imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on travel for vehicles/loads moving with an Oversize/Overweight Permit. However, all permittees need to check local shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders prior to movement to ensure the travel meets the definition of “essential” for those areas.

  4. Waivers, Exemptions and Permits Outside of Texas
    For a list of emergency declarations, waiver, exemptions and permits for other states, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's page.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Information

  1. Hurricane Harvey Relief Information

  2. Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a declaration of disaster temporarily suspending size and weight restrictions and oversize/overweight permitting requirements for vehicles and loads associated with activities needed to respond to Hurricane Harvey.

Essential Tools

Motor Carrier Resources

TxDMV Number & Unified Carrier Registration

Motor carriers operating intrastate commercial motor vehicles on a road or highway in Texas must get a TxDMV number.

The federal Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business with TxDMV and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet.