Pass Your New Entrant Safety Audit

New to the trucking industry? Working as an independent owner operator? If you’ve just gotten your operating authority, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires your new business to pass a new entrant safety audit within the first 12 months of operation. Successfully pass your DOT audit with the help of the coaches at Progressive Reporting!

What’s Included in a DOT Audit?

The DOT audit outlines what your trucking company needs to safely operate.
It covers a broad range of safety topics, including:

  • Alcohol and drug compliance
  • Driver qualifications
  • Insurance and operations
  • Repairs and inspections

Under these broad categories, there are a number of violations that can cause your company to automatically fail, including:

  • Not being part of a random alcohol and drug testing pool
  • Hiring a driver that doesn’t have a CDL
  • Working with a medically unqualified driver
  • Operating a motor vehicle without proper insurance
  • Not properly documenting hours-of-service (HOS) records
  • Using a vehicle that was declared Out-of-Service (OOS)
  • Using a CMV that isn’t periodically inspected

If you have any questions about whether or not your company would pass a safety audit, we can help! We can walk you through the new entrant safety audit and help you determine what steps you need to take to make sure your company is compliant.

Get more information about each piece of the New Entrant Safety Audit in our glossary, including the difference between a compliance review and the BASICs that are reviewed as part of the audit. You can also listen to our podcast Haulin Assets to learn more.

How to Prepare for a Safety Audit

Once you’ve been notified by the DOT that they are auditing your company, you’ll need to make sure you have all the paperwork necessary to prove to the USDOT that your trucking company is following all safety protocols set by the FMCSA.

We offer an audit assistance package that comes with nine folders that ensures you have all the required documentation organized and ready for the audit. We offer two options to help you prepare for the audit: a full-service where we can do all the paperwork for you, or a do-it-yourself method. You can choose the option that best meets your needs! With the help of our audit assistance packages your audit should last one to one-and-a-half hours, rather than four.


Very professional and trustworthy company. They have helped our business since the very beginning, getting our permits and authority and staying compliant. Ariel and Mercedes also helped us prepare for audits and even helped getting us back into satisfactory status. Overall a great experience.

- Jessica Leon

Our Do-It-Yourself Package

Our DOT Audit Assistance Package includes nine folders with instructions printed on them detailing what each folder must contain. You will also be able to download 13 other files and forms, including an employment application that will help you record all information required in a DOT Safety Audit.

Get the Help You Need

Don’t worry about failing your new entrant safety audit. If you have any questions about the DOT Audit and what you can do to make sure your company passes, give the coaches at Progressive Reporting a call!

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We passed our Audit 100% and the inspector was very impressed with Progressive Reporting’s system.

- David F. – Las Vegas, NV

Very Impressed!! Yesterday I had a DOT Focus Audit within my office and I was missing quite a few documents that he needed to view. I contacted your office and received assistance from Liz, Mercedes, Hayley and Jaclyn that was extremely helpful. They did not hesitate to get the items that I needed in a more than timely fashion! I am very pleased and impressed!

I want to say Thank you to all of you!

- Karl O. Lake – Elsinore, CA

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