About Motor Carrier Safety

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Colorado State Patrol
Motor Carrier Safety Section

15075 South Golden Road
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-273-1875
Fax: 303-273-1939


 The Colorado State Patrol Motor Carrier Safety Section is charged with ensuring the safe operation of all commercial vehicles and operators within the state. This section provides vital enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) as adopted by the State of Colorado. Many are unaware that a commercial vehicle is any vehicle used for commerce with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of over 10,000 pounds. This means that any vehicle OR COMBINATION of vehicles (i.e., truck and trailer) with the ability to haul, carry or tow over 10,000 pounds must comply with the regulations as outlined in the FMCSR.


These regulations describe the requirements for safe operation of a commercial vehicle, as it pertains to the maintenance of the vehicle(s) and equipment, in addition to the rules and procedures that companies and individuals must follow. This includes roadworthiness of the vehicle(s), load securement, possession of safety equipment, maintenance of accurate logbooks and compliance with hours-of-service limits as well as other responsibilities not listed here. 


Officers of the Motor Carrier Safety Section are located throughout the state and conduct Compliance Reviews and Safety Audits as well as providing enforcement and complaint investigations. The Motor Carrier Safety staff provides support to the section in addition to providing information and assistance to intra-and interstate operators.


“The mission of the Colorado State Patrol is to ensure a safe and secure environment in Colorado for all persons by providing professional law enforcement through responsive, courteous, caring and dedicated service.” The Motor Carrier Safety Section is an essential component to ensure that our highways and roads remain safe for the motoring public.

The Motor Carrier Safety Section is located in the Colorado State Patrol Academy building. Look for the “Colorado State Patrol – Motor Carrier Safety” sign outside the door on the south side of the building.



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