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US DOT Decals

 

Make sure your vehicle is compliant by ordering custom DOT Decals from decals.com! You can also add your company name, city, state, and phone number to create a fleet vehicle decal that is also FMCSA compliant. Use our online designer to add text and color to your design or your own image. You can also create number decals and lettering decals.

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Design from Scratch

With our easy to use online designer, you can quickly design your custom US DOT decal. Just upload an image or logo from your computer or choose from our wide selection of clipart to create your personalized US DOT decal.

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Upload a File

If you decide to upload an original file, instead of designing your own, you will need to upload an .eps file. This ensures that you will receive the highest quality US DOT decals possible! Once you have added your product to your cart and select your shipping method, a proof will be emailed to you. When you approve your proof and make a payment, your order will be complete.

Payment

All orders must be paid up front prior to being put into production. We accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. We also accept checks, which must be received prior to your US DOT decals being put into production. 

Live Order Tracking

Back in the early days of making decals, we built a system called Live Order Tracking that enables our customers to track their order through every stage of our streamlined process, from order placement to delivery.

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After placing your order for US DOT decals, you’ll receive a unique Live Order Tracking number via email that will allow you to track your US DOT decals every step of the way. Need the current status of your order? Just click the link in the email and get the most recent updates from our dynamic Live Order Tracking system.

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US DOT Regulations

The US Department of Transportation requires all commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds and that operate in transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with FMCSA and have a USDOT number

In order to be in compliance with the FMCSA, you must…

  • Display your USDOT number on both sides of your motor vehicle.
  • Lettering must be bold and Contrast the surface on which it is applied to.
  • Lettering height should be a minimum of 2” tall

To view more information on the FMCSA regulations, Visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Looking for state specific USDOT regulations? Click below to find out more.

Alabama Montana
Alaska Nebraska
Arizona Nevada
Arkansas New Hampshire
California New Jersey
Colorado New Mexico
Connecticut New York
Delaware North Carolina
Florida North Dakota
Georgia Ohio
Hawaii Oklahoma
Idaho Oregon
Illinois Pennsylvania
Indiana Rhode Island
Iowa South Carolina
Kansas South Dakota
Kentucky Tennessee
Louisiana Texas
Maine Utah
Maryland Vermont
Massachusetts Virginia
Michigan  Washington
Minnesota West Virginia
Mississippi Wisconsin
Missouri Wyoming
   

 

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Transfer Cut Option

 
Transfer Decal

Transfer Cut

Transfer cut option means that we will be cutting the vinyl decal material to a specified shape, graphic or text and then removing or “picking” any excess or unwanted vinyl material from your design leaving no vinyl background on your decal. We then place a transfer tape over the top of the remaining pieces of vinyl. This tape is what holds all the individual cut pieces of your decal design once you remove the paper backing from your decal. It also allows you to place multiple individual pieces of vinyl decal material on your desired surface cleanly and evenly.

* Vector File (EPS) format needed for Transfer Cut decals. *

 

Transfer Cut / Pick Charge

Transfer cut price includes 8 standard picks with a Maximum of 40 picks per sq. foot.

Additional picks are $0.02 to $0.04 per pick depending on difficulty/intricacy.

Intricately cut decals will be custom quoted based on difficulty and time required to pick.

For more information visit our transfer cut guidelines.

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USDOT Decal Artwork Specifications

Preferred Files for Printing

The maximum file size we accept is 100 MB. Our preferred file types are:

  • Adobe Illustrator EPS (Encapsulated Post Script)
  • PDF (Adobe PDF)

When submitting these files, make sure you convert all fonts to outlines or curves to ensure they print correctly and the fonts are not substituted. 

Additional Files Accepted

  • JPG (High Resolution JPEG)
  • TIFF (High Resolution TIFF)
  • PNG (High Resolution PNG)

File Tips

  • Set up size proportionate to the exact size product you are ordering 
  • Convert all text to outlines 
  • Only Allow for bleed if necessary
  • Never flatten/merge layers in a PSD file
  • Indicate the cut line clearly for all decal products

Transfer-Cut Guidelines

Transfer Cutting refers to any sticker or decal that will be picked or weeded with transfer tape applied over the top of it. Most commonly used for vinyl lettering.

  • Simple and open fonts are recommended.
  • All text must be at least 1/2" tall.
  • The space between characters and other design elements must be at least 1/8”.
  • Main strokes, line weights, or art elements should be a minimum of 1/8”
  • Minimum pick size of 1/8”.
  • We recommend you request a proof for this product.

Disclaimers:

  • Transfer cut price includes 8 standard picks with a Maximum of 40 picks per sq. foot.
  • Additional picks are $0.02 to $0.04 per pick depending on difficulty/intricacy.
  • Intricately cut decals will be custom quoted based on difficulty and time required to pick.

Vector Art

Vector art consists of lines and curves that are mathematically defined objects. When viewing art in key line mode you can see the points or vectors when connecting your lines and curves. They can also be seen when using the pen tool or editing the points along a path. Vector art is ideal for type and drawn shapes because they can be enlarged to any size while maintaining crisp outlines and details without sacrificing quality. The distance between the vectors is calculated mathematically and is not dependent upon resolution. 

Raster Art

Raster images consist of colored squares, called pixels. They are created by combining a series of various colored pixels. Digital photographs are made up of pixels. If you view a raster image at 200% or more you are able to see the individual pixels that make up the image. Raster images are dependent upon resolution so image enlargement is limited by the individual size at which the file was created. If a file is produced at a size that is larger than its resolution will allow, the quality will decrease. Printing a low resolution file will result in pixelation. Individual pixels are large enough to be easily discernable. Increasing the resolution will not solve this problem is there are not enough pixels to begin with. The program will add more pixels based upon the estimation of their location and will then assign their neighboring pixels's color value. This may cause an image to look muddy. 

If submitting these files, please follow the guidelines below:

  • 100% scale (full size output) at 100 dpi
  • 50% scale at 200 dpi or higher
  • 25% scale at 300 dpi or higher
  • 10% scale at 600-1200 dpi recommended

Design Services

If you are not able to provide us with a print ready artwork, we do have a vectorizing/recreating service available. Most logos or images can be recreated for $70. Artwork design service discounts may apply.  Please contact a sales representative today for more details.

This service needs to be paid for in advance and we will be happy to give you a copy of the vector file once it is complete.

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Shipping

  • Decals.com ships within 2 - 4 business days to 90% of the United States.
  • Unless otherwise specified, at the time of ordering, your USDOT decals will ship via UPS Ground.
  • If you have any questions about shipping rates or rush production, please contact our friendly Customer Service Representatives at (320) 391-5250 prior to ordering.
  • You will receive a tracking number once your package has shipped.
  • To read more about our shipping information visit our shipping policy page.

Shipping Methods:

  • Economy (5-15 Days)
  • Standard (3-5 Business Days)
  • Three Day (3 Business Days)
  • Two Day (2 Business Days)
  • Overnight (1 Business Day)

Important Economy Shipping Notes:

  • If choosing economy shipping, please include additional postal information such as your P.O. Box in the "Address Two" field on the checkout page to help ensure delivery.
  • Using economy shipping can also add an additional 5 - 10 days, depending on where the package is being shipped to. 

National and International Shipping Notes:

  • Decals.com ships throughout the United States and Internationally.
  • All international shipments must have shipping labels as well as customs documentation provided by the customers. We will only accept international shipping labels from the following carriers, USPS, UPS, and FedEx.
  • Contact a Customer Service Representative at (320) 391-5250 for more information.

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How to Apply a Transfer Sticker

Are you having trouble with your sticker application or just not sure how to proceed? Whether you’re looking for car window sticker application instructions, or just want to learn how to apply a transfer sticker, don’t worry, we have an easy to follow guide!

Decal Application | Step 1

Step 1:

Tools Needed

Scissors Paper Towels
Masking Tape Tape Measure

Plastic Applicator Squeegee or Credit Card

Warm Water or Other Common Household Cleaning Item
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Step 2:

Clean the Surface

Clean the surface. Smooth non-porous surfaces work best like glass, metal, painted dry-wall and tile. Clean thoroughly and remember to avoid using glass cleaner because it may leave some residue. Make sure the surface is dry.

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Step 3:

Tape 

Use the masking tape to temporarily adhere the sticker to the intended surface. This will act as a “hinge”.

 

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Step 4:

Measure

Grab your tape measure. Use the bottom of the sticker as a place to measure from - make sure it’s level on both sides.

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Step 5:

Peel

 Gently peel off the sticker backing.

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Step 6:

Apply the Sticker to the Surface

Using a sticker application squeegee, press and apply sticker to the intended surface in a zig-zag pattern. If you do not have a sticker application squeegee, then you can use a small flat object  with a hard edge like a credit card, your wallet, or a pack of post-it notes.

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Step 7:

Applying Sticker - Press Hard

This is the final sealing event, so press hard when applying the sticker.

 

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Step 8:

Remove the Transfer Mask

Next, slowly remove the application mask. Be careful as the sticker may peel away from the surface.

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Step 9:

Enjoy!

Stand back and admire your job well done! Enjoy!

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Production Time Tables

Our flexible production times range from one to five business days. This allows you to make the final decision on when you need your order.

1 Business Day Priority:

Timelines can be tight. That's why we offer this zippy one day turnaround option. 

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  • Orders received after 5:00 PM CST will be processed the following business day,
  • Emergency/same day rushes are available in some cases, Please speak with a customer service representative today for more information,
  • Note: The time it will take to receive your product includes the production time as well as the shipping time.
  • Turnaround starts from the time the file upload is complete. If an order is flagged in our prepress department or a proof is requested awaiting approval, turnaround starts from the time the approval is given.

2 Business Days Express:

Have an extra day, but still need your products quickly? The express option is ideal for you!

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  • Orders received after 5:00 PM CST will be processed the following business day,
  • Emergency/same day rushes are available in some cases, Please speak with a customer service representative today for more information,
  • Note: The time it will take to receive your product includes the production time as well as the shipping time.
  • Turnaround starts from the time the file upload is complete. If an order is flagged in our prepress department or a proof is requested awaiting approval, turnaround starts from the time the approval is given.

3 Business Days Standard:

This is our most popular fast turnaround option. Free and speedy enough for almost any custom order.

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  • Orders received after 5:00 PM CST will be processed the following business day,
  • Emergency/same day rushes are available in some cases, Please speak with a customer service representative today for more information,
  • Note: The time it will take to receive your product includes the production time as well as the shipping time.
  • Turnaround starts from the time the file upload is complete. If an order is flagged in our prepress department or a proof is requested awaiting approval, turnaround starts from the time the approval is given.

5 Business Days Saver:

If you’re not in a rush, then you can save some money by choosing our 5 Day Saver option.

5 Business Days Saver

  • Orders received after 5:00 PM CST will be processed the following business day,
  • Emergency/same day rushes are available in some cases, Please speak with a customer service representative today for more information,
  • Note: The time it will take to receive your product includes the production time as well as the shipping time.
  • Turnaround starts from the time the file upload is complete. If an order is flagged in our prepress department or a proof is requested awaiting approval, turnaround starts from the time the approval is given.

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More About USDOT Decals Return to Top

Make sure your vehicle is FMSCA compliant by ordering USDOT decals for your vehicles. Use our online designer to create a custom DOT decal with your company name, city, state, and phone number. This decal will not only be FMSCA compliant, but will also advertise for you when you are on the road.

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Standard turnaround time ships your product within three business days.

 

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We offer free ground shipping on all orders $99 or more. Expedited shipping methods available.

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Product Information

What material is used for your USDOT decals?

We offer two vinyl material options for your USDOT decals. For a more durable option, try our high-performance vinyl, made from cast vinyl material with up to 8 years of outdoor durability.

We also offer a reflective vinyl material to enhance the visibility of your DOT numbers. This material is a 5 millimeter  engineering  grade vinyl. It has a three to five-year outdoor durability lifespan when properly installed and maintained.

Can I use multiple colors, fonts and images in my design?

Yes! We digitally print our decals in full color; so you will not be charged anything additional for multiple colors, fonts, or imagery.

Do your decals have a glossy or matte finish?

Our USDOT decals come in both a glossy or matte finish. We also offer a reflective finish as well.

How large do my USDOT decals need to be?

The US Department of Transportation states that the minimum lettering height for USDOT compliance is 2”. We recommend going as large as possible while still remaining aesthetically pleasing to avoid any potential issues with the US Department of Transportation. For more information on USDOT regulations visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations

Will my design impact the pricing of my USDOT decal?

No! You can add unlimited text and color to your USDOT decal design at no extra cost. The only time color will affect your price is if you request a color match proof. If you need a color match proof for your USDOT decal, please contact us to speak with one of our friendly customer service representatives!

Are your USDOT decals repositionable?

We do not recommend trying to reposition our decals after installation. They are intended to be removed easily. Attempting to reapply them will likely fail since the adhesive is only designed for single installations.

What is the lifespan of your USDOT decals?

The lifespan of our High-Performance vinyl material is up to 8 years when properly applied and maintained.

The lifespan of our reflective vinyl material is three hto five-years when properly applied and maintained.

Uses

How do I know if I need a USDOT decal for my vehicle?

The US Department of Transportation requires all commercial vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds that operate in transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce to be registered with FMCSA and have a USDOT number.

Where should I place my USDOT decal?

In order to be in compliance with the FMCSA , you must:

  • Display your USDOT number on both sides of your motor vehicle
  • Lettering must be bold and contrast the surface on which it is applied to.
  • Lettering height should be a minimum of 2” tall.

Will the decal decal ruin the paint on my vehicle?

USDOT decals should not damage the paint on your vehicle when they are properly applied and removed. Our adhesive is intended to be strong enough to stick to your vehicle but remove cleanly without damaging any paint. No! If the custom decals are properly installed and removed you will not see any damage to your paint.

How do I register for a USDOT number?

For more information on how to register for you USDOT number please visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration

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