What is a CSA Score?

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A CSA Score is used by the FMCSA to identify high-risk motor carriers and drivers may require interventions. A carrier’s score is based on the performance data of its drivers, including all safety-based roadside inspection violations and state-reported crashes. The CSA database includes only violations that occur while drivers are operating commercial vehicles – not personal vehicles. If you are driving under a carrier’s DOT number, your violations will be assigned to that carrier. While the FMCSA can issue interventions and fines when a driver’s CSA score is high, they cannot suspend a driver’s CDL. It is important to check CSA scores, as they indicate which carriers the FMCSA will likely target as unsafe and can also help carriers identify and work on areas in need of improvement, which helps reduce insurance costs.

How can I check my CSA Score?

You can check your score at the USDOT website: csa.fmcsa.dot.gov. When you enter your USDOT number and PIN into the SMS login page, you will be able to locate your score. If you don’t have a PIN, you can request one from USDOT. Delivery of your PIN typically takes 4-7 days.

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