FMCSA “undismissal” Policy Announced


FMCSA “undismissal” Policy Announced

The FMCSA Office of Registration announced that, effective August 1, 2023, they will end the current practice of “un-dismissing” applications for operating authority registration once they have been dismissed.

Currently, an application for operating authority becomes dismissed when the application has passed 120 days without action.  The current practice allows for the applicant to request the application be un-dismissed so they can complete the application process.  This un-dismissal request can be made at any time, to include up to a year after the application was dismissed.  As many aspects of the application could have changed during its inactive and dismissal status, it has been determined this practice creates risk for both the Agency and industry.  While no requirement exists for un-dismissing applications, it has been a practice for many years.  The FMCSA is now ending this un-dismissal practice.  The applicant must complete a new application to re-apply for operating authority registration.  This ensures that, when the FMCSA reviews the new application, the applicants are fit, willing, and able to comply with Federal regulations and laws.

The FMCSA does plan to notify all registered entities with a current application status of “Dismissed” with a date from January 1 through December 31, 2022.  Effective August 1, the FMCSA will no longer accept requests from entities to un-dismiss their operating authority application.  Once an application has been dismissed, per Federal regulations, the FMCSA cannot process it.  If an application was dismissed after January 1, 2022, the applicant can submit a request for un-dismissal through July 31, 2023.  Beginning August 1, 2023, if the application is dismissed, the applicant will need to submit a new application and pay the appropriate fee ($300 per type of operating authority requested).

There is a posted alert with this announcement on the FMCSA’s Registration website  Your can also see changes on these websites to support the new plan:

  1. SAFER (
  2. L&I Public (
  3. FMCSA Ask Page (

If you have any questions or concerns about an operating authority application, please contact  one of the knowledgeable members of the NATSA team. We can help you assess your best way forward and keep you on the road and in compliance

North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA)