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  • § 385.1
    Purpose and scope.
  • § 385.3
    Definitions and acronyms.
  • § 385.4
    Matter incorporated by reference.
  • § 385.5
    Safety fitness standard.
  • § 385.7
    Factors to be considered in determining a safety rating.
  • § 385.9
    Determination of a safety rating.
  • § 385.11
    Notification of safety fitness determination.
  • § 385.13
    Unsatisfactory rated motor carriers; prohibition on transportation; ineligibility for Federal contracts.
  • § 385.14
    Motor carriers, brokers, and freight forwarders delinquent in paying civil penalties: prohibition on transportation.
  • § 385.15
    Administrative review.
  • § 385.17
    Change to safety rating based upon corrective actions.
  • § 385.19
    Safety fitness information.
  • § 385.101
  • § 385.103
    Safety monitoring system.
  • § 385.105
    Expedited action.
  • § 385.107
    The safety audit.
  • § 385.109
    The compliance review.
  • § 385.111
    Suspension and revocation of Mexico-domiciled carrier registration.
  • § 385.113
    Administrative review.
  • § 385.115
    Reapplying for provisional registration.
  • § 385.117
    Duration of safety monitoring system.
  • § 385.119
    Applicability of safety fitness and enforcement procedures.
  • § 385.201
    Who is qualified to perform a review of a motor carrier or an intermodal equipment provider?
  • § 385.203
    What are the requirements to obtain and maintain certification?
  • § 385.205
    How can a person who has lost his or her certification be re-certified?
  • § 385.301
    What is a motor carrier required to do before beginning interstate operations?
  • § 385.303
    How does a motor carrier register with the FMCSA?
  • § 385.305
    What happens after the FMCSA receives a request for new entrant registration?
  • § 385.306
    What are the consequences of furnishing misleading information or making a false statement in connection with the registration process?
  • § 385.307
    What happens after a motor carrier begins operations as a new entrant?
  • § 385.308
    What may cause an expedited action?
  • § 385.309
    What is the purpose of the safety audit?
  • § 385.311
    What will the safety audit consist of?
  • § 385.313
    Who will conduct the safety audit?
  • § 385.315
    Where will the safety audit be conducted?
  • § 385.317
    Will a safety audit result in a safety fitness determination by the FMCSA?
  • § 385.319
    What happens after completion of the safety audit?
  • § 385.321
    What failures of safety management practices disclosed by the safety audit will result in a notice to a new entrant that its USDOT new entrant registration will be revoked?
  • § 385.323
    May FMCSA extend the period under § 385.319(c) for a new entrant to take corrective action to remedy its safety management practices?
  • § 385.325
    What happens after a new entrant has been notified under § 385.319(c) to take corrective action to remedy its safety management practices?
  • § 385.327
    May a new entrant request an administrative review of a determination of a failed safety audit?
  • § 385.329
    May a new entrant that has had its USDOT new entrant registration revoked and its operations placed out of service reapply?
  • § 385.331
    What happens if a new entrant operates a CMV after having been issued an order placing its interstate operations out of service?
  • § 385.333
    What happens at the end of the 18-month safety monitoring period?
  • § 385.335
    If the FMCSA conducts a compliance review on a new entrant, will the new entrant also be subject to a safety audit?
  • § 385.337
    What happens if a new entrant refuses to permit a safety audit to be performed on its operations?
  • § 385.401
    What is the purpose and scope of this subpart?
  • § 385.402
    What definitions are used in this subpart?
  • § 385.403
    Who must hold a safety permit?
  • § 385.405
    How does a motor carrier apply for a safety permit?
  • § 385.407
    What conditions must a motor carrier satisfy for FMCSA to issue a safety permit?
  • § 385.409
    When may a temporary safety permit be issued to a motor carrier?
  • § 385.411
    Must a motor carrier obtain a safety permit if it has a State permit?
  • § 385.413
    What happens if a motor carrier receives a proposed safety rating that is less than Satisfactory?
  • § 385.415
    What operational requirements apply to the transportation of a hazardous material for which a permit is required?
  • § 385.417
    Is a motor carrier's safety permit number available to others?
  • § 385.419
    How long is a safety permit effective?
  • § 385.421
    Under what circumstances will a safety permit be subject to revocation or suspension by FMCSA?
  • § 385.423
    Does a motor carrier have a right to an administrative review of a denial, suspension, or revocation of a safety permit?
  • § 385.501
    Roadability review.
  • § 385.503
    Results of roadability review.
  • § 385.601
    Scope of rules.
  • § 385.603
  • § 385.605
    New entrant registration driver's license and drug and alcohol testing requirements.
  • § 385.607
    FMCSA action on the application.
  • § 385.609
    Requirement to notify FMCSA of change in applicant information.
  • § 385.701
  • § 385.703
    Safety monitoring system.
  • § 385.705
    Expedited action.
  • § 385.707
    The compliance review.
  • § 385.709
    Suspension and revocation of non-North America-domiciled carrier registration.
  • § 385.711
    Administrative review.
  • § 385.713
    Reapplying for new entrant registration.
  • § 385.715
    Duration of safety monitoring system.
  • § 385.717
    Applicability of safety fitness and enforcement procedures.
  • § 385.901
  • § 385.903
  • § 385.905
    Suspension or revocation of registration.
  • § 385.907
    Regulatory noncompliance.
  • § 385.909
    Pattern or practice.
  • § 385.911
    Suspension proceedings.
  • § 385.913
    Revocation proceedings.
  • § 385.915
    Petitions for rescission.
  • § 385.917
    Other orders unaffected; not exclusive remedy.
  • § 385.919
  • § 385.921
    Service and computation of time.
  • § 385.1001
  • § 385.1003
  • § 385.1005
  • § 385.1007
    Determination of violation.
  • § 385.1009
    Suspension proceedings.
  • § 385.1011
    Revocation proceedings.
  • § 385.1013
    Petitions for rescission.
  • § 385.1015
    Other orders unaffected; not exclusive remedy.
  • § 385.1017
  • § 385.1019
    Service and computation of time.
  • Appendix A to Part 385
    Explanation of Safety Audit Evaluation Criteria
  • Appendix B to Part 385
    Explanation of Safety Rating Process

Part 385

§ 385.607: FMCSA action on the application.

(a) FMCSA will review and act on each application submitted under this subpart in accordance with the procedures set out in this part.
(b) FMCSA will validate the accuracy of information and certifications provided in the application by checking, to the extent available, data maintained in databases of the governments of the country where the carrier's principal place of business is located and the United States.
(c) Pre-authorization safety audit. Every non-North America-domiciled motor carrier that applies under this part must satisfactorily complete an FMCSA-administered safety audit before FMCSA will grant new entrant registration to operate in the United States. The safety audit is a review by FMCSA of the carrier's written procedures and records to validate the accuracy of information and certifications provided in the application and determine whether the carrier has established or exercises the basic safety management controls necessary to ensure safe operations. FMCSA will evaluate the results of the safety audit using the criteria in the Appendix to this subpart.
(d) An application of a non-North America-domiciled motor carrier requesting for-hire operating authority under part 365 of this subchapter may be protested under § 365.109(b). Such a carrier will be granted new entrant registration after successful completion of the pre-authorization safety audit and the expiration of the protest period, provided the application is not protested. If a protest to the application is filed with FMCSA, new entrant registration will be granted only if FMCSA denies or rejects the protest.
(e) If FMCSA grants new entrant registration to the applicant, it will assign a distinctive USDOT Number that identifies the motor carrier as authorized to operate in the United States. In order to initiate operations in the United States, a non-North America-domiciled motor carrier with new entrant registration must:
(1) Have its surety or insurance provider file proof of financial responsibility in the form of certificates of insurance, surety bonds, and endorsements, as required by §§ 387.7(e)(2),387.31(e)(2), and 387.301 of this subchapter, as applicable; and
(2) File a hard copy of, or have its process agent(s) electronically submit, Form BOC-3—Designation of Agents—Motor Carriers, Brokers and Freight Forwarders, as required by part 366 of this subchapter.
(f) A non-North America-domiciled motor carrier must comply with all provisions of the safety monitoring system in part 385, subpart I of this subchapter, including successfully passing North American Standard commercial motor vehicle inspections at least every 90 days and having safety decals affixed to each commercial motor vehicle operated in the United States as required by § 385.703(c) of this subchapter.
(g) FMCSA may not re-designate a non-North America-domiciled carrier's registration from new entrant to permanent prior to 18 months after the date its USDOT Number is issued and subject to successful completion of the safety monitoring system for non-North America-domiciled carriers set out in part 385, subpart I of this subchapter. Successful completion includes obtaining a Satisfactory safety rating as the result of a compliance review.


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