DOT Truck Inspection Checklist

Your Local DOT Inspection Center

Vehicles that weigh more than 10,001 lbs. are required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to receive an annual inspection from a certified location. Our certified technicians can complete this annual checkup for your commercial vehicles to ensure all systems are in perfect working order to keep your employees and other drivers safe on the road. We produced this DOT truck inspection checklist to provide more insight into the process and as a way for you to monitor the conditions throughout the year. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, if a commercial vehicle is placed out of service due to a failed inspection, the average cost is $861*, and this does not include the amounts for fines and emergency repairs mandated by the inspection. Our knowledgeable technicians will keep your commercial vehicle within compliance by following this DOT truck inspection checklist. We added an extra item to our DOT truck inspection list, and that is an oil change for our returning customers. We appreciate your business, and because you chose us, you will get an oil change discount* during your DOT inspection. Fill out the online form to request an inspection appointment at M&L Truck Service, and check out the DOT truck inspection checklist below for additional information.

Hands-On Care

Have our certified technicians complete the annual DOT inspection for your fleet. Our highly trained team is knowledgeable about a wide range of commercial vehicles and the DOT inspection parameters. The items on the annual DOT truck inspection checklist include the following:

  • Battery
  • Braking System
  • Exhaust System
  • Frame
  • Lighting
  • Steering Mechanisms
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Trailer Bodies
  • Wheels & Rims
  • Windshield Wipers

We estimate each DOT inspection will take approximately an hour to complete. Ensuring all these systems are in tip-top condition will keep your commercial vehicle on the highway and serving your customers. The DOT truck inspection checklist is essential for safety because underlying conditions may be developing. Our inspection team can spot these potential issues during the inspection and set up a replacement plan for the part or system. We recommend scheduling your DOT inspection well before the yearly deadline, that way, we can find a convenient time for your company and ensure it gets completed before the deadline. Contact M&L Truck Service to request a DOT inspection appointment.

Top-Notch Commercial Service

Having your fleet serviced by our trusted certified technicians gives your company an advantage because we can use the DOT truck inspection checklist as a guide for regular maintenance at our shop. Our expert technicians can pay close attention to these components and systems, so we can find any potential hazards and repair them before the inspection. Now that you have this information, your team can monitor if any of these items may need a replacement during a service checkup. We want to make the inspection go smoothly, and anything we can refresh prior to the inspection will significantly increase the passing rate. Another item on the DOT truck inspection checklist involves trailers. Our technicians have significant experience making repairs to semi-trailers. We can keep them in outstanding condition, so they also will receive a passing grade for DOT inspection. We perform alignment, brake work, floor maintenance, liftgate service, tire care, body repairs, welding, and more for trailers. We are proud to serve your business with “Reliability To Keep You Rolling!” because you can count on us to do an exceptional job keeping your commercial fleet healthy and safe. Contact M&L Truck Service at 410-754-5531 to learn more about the DOT truck inspection checklist, and fill out our form to request a DOT inspection appointment.