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How To Display DOT Numbers On Your Company Vehicles

By | Export, Fleet Graphics, Truck Lettering, Uncategorized, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos
Example of DOT Numbers Size

Do I Need USDOT Numbers On My Commercial Vehicles?


Currently, 37 states require commercial vehicles to display DOT numbers.  For some reason, it is really hard to find out how to properly display them on your truck.  Fortunately, The Mighty Sign Makers have got your (DOT) number.  Here’s the short version:

DOT numbers must be located on the cab door or just to the right of the door when facing the cab.  The number must be on both the driver and passenger sides.  Colors must “contrast sharply” with background colors and be large enough to be seen from a minimum distance of 50 feet during daylight hours when the vehicle is stationary.   – Source Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Administration (FMVSA)

Our letter visibility chart shows that 2 inches, or taller, lettering is visible from 50 feet.

Seems simple enough.  Most companies use block letters but a fancier font can be used as long as the writing is legible.  The vast majority of companies use long-lasting vinyl lettering for vehicle lettering.  The lettering is typically in white or black but it can be any color as long as there is a sharp contrast with the color of the vehicle.  If you run with a lot of chrome, the lettering can be chrome as long as it contrasts.  Since the vehicle is new, newly painted, or new to you, we suggest that you add your company contact information, and logo at the same time.

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Kone Crane Commercial truck with DOT Numbers

Information to display?

According to the Motor Carriers Guide to Improve Highway Safety, Vehicle Identification (390.21), every commercial motor vehicle operated by a motor carrier in interstate commerce must be marked, on BOTH sides of the vehicle, with the following:

  • The motor carrier’s name or trade name
  • The motor carrier’s identification number, preceded by “US DOT”
  • The size, shape and color markings must be in letters that contrast sharply in color with the background on which the letters are placed
  • The lettering must be readily legible during daylight hours, from a distance of 50 feet.

What else should you put on the sides of your vehicle?  Your truck is one of the public faces of your company.  Use it to promote your company with logos, taglines, contact information, and phone or website.

What are the USDOT Number requirements?

Now we are getting into regulations which can change so you shouldn’t rely solely on the Mighty Sign Makers’ blog post.  Just about every state has adopted the FMCSA rules which require all interstate carriers and intrastate carriers need to have US DOT numbers.  Both Washington and Oregon follow the FMCSA guidelines.  According to the FMCSA website, you are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:

  • Is used to transport the types and quantities of hazardous materials requiring a safety permit in intrastate commerce (see 49 CFR 385.403).


  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or
  • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation

AND is involved in Interstate Commerce:

Trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States—

  • Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States);
  • Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or
  • Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States.

What about displaying Operating Authority (MC number)?

If you are required to have an MC number then the display requirements are the same as the DOT number.

Where do I go to get high-quality numbers, lettering, and logos?

At Specialty Graphic Solutions we only use the highest quality materials that are designed for long life during outdoor automotive use.  We use 3M, Avery and Oracal vinyl which we feel are the best products on the market.  The Mighty Sign Makers can install the graphics for a professional look.  Why use a company like Specialty Graphic Solutions?  Because we care about our customers and their needs and we do things right the first time.  About 80% of our business is repeat or referral.  We are particularly good at working with fleets of vehicles.

Black truck cab with company stickers and DOT Numbers on door

Things to Avoid With Vehicle Lettering and Logos

By | Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos

Vehicle graphics are pretty awesome. They do a lot of work for your business at an affordable price and they’re always building you brand on the road, at job sites and in your parking lot. If you use vehicles in your business, it just makes sense to invest in these products. Vehicle letters and logos are one of the simpler types of vehicle graphic options that we offer at SGS. But that doesn’t mean they’re not some of the best signage out there. These graphics can convey any message you need, but there are some rules you should stick to with vehicle lettering and logos. Here is some mighty advice from the Mighty Sign Makers on what not to do with your vehicle lettering and logos:

Teeny-Tiny Letters and Images

There’s a reason road signs have big lettering. Anyone passing by must be able to read the message on them comfortably. The same goes for your vehicle graphics. Don’t cause a fender bender as people struggle to read the information on your vehicle.  You need graphics of a certain size. Large enough to be read at a distance and while on the move, but also small enough to fit on your vehicle. In other words, you need mighty lettering and logos to get noticed by your target audience without causing a traffic accident.

Bad Placement

The size and shape of some vehicles can be very different. If you have a lot of curves and slants on the back of your vehicle, this may not be the best place to put your most important information. If you put your name and number on a harshly slanted rear window, it’s prime target will be helicopters and passing birds. That’s why you need a professional team like the Mighty Sign Makers to help you find the perfect place to put your contact information and name.

Way Too Much Information

Writing a whole paragraph about your business and your ideals on the back of your truck or van is not going to have a positive effect on your business. Unless you operate a food truck and want to put your menu on your vehicle, keeping the information in your graphics to the bare minimum is important to get the most out of your mobile billboard. People can’t stop and read your company’s history on the side of your van while doing 65 on the highway. What they can do is read your name, get a good look at your logo and read that you specialize in a certain service. It’s best to say a lot with a little when it comes to vehicle graphics. Too much information on your vehicles leads to distracted driving.

Mighty Professionals

Our team at Specialty Graphic Solutions are experts. We’ll help you find the perfect way to make an impact with your vehicle lettering and logos. We know what works and what doesn’t, so we’ll help you find a mighty solution to your vehicle signage problems.

Using Vehicle Lettering and Logos to Brand in Portland Oregon!

By | Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos

Using Vehicle Lettering and Logos to Brand is key in a promotion.  In the old days, savvy entrepreneurs who were looking to make a name for themselves were told to “go west.” Nowadays, if you gave a Portlander that advice, they’d probably look at you quizzically and wonder what was so great about Tillamook or any of the other small towns out that way.

These days, the sage advice is to “go mobile.” This may bring to mind busy people looking down at their phones while they dodge the physical obstacles of life. However, in this case, we’re talking about mobile marketing. Specifically, you ought to consider bedazzling your fleet with vehicle lettering and logos in Portland, Oregon.


Putting your organization’s logo on the side of a vehicle is a high-visibility, affordable form of direct marketing whether you have a single company car you use to deliver artisanal chicken nuggets to clients or you run a floral delivery business with a small fleet of vans. Here are the reasons you need to slap your logo and company name on the side of your ride:

Flexibility of Logo Placement

Putting your business’s name on your vehicle is no longer a matter of painting it on your side panels. Today, you can get creative. For instance, you can cover your hood, rear, and sides with giant logos. If you drive around the city a lot, throw your logo on the roof too so folks looking down from their fancy high-rise offices and apartments can see your branding. Magnetic logos are a smart solution when you have a vehicle that only does company work part time.

Brand Your Organization

The face of your brand is your logo. When you saturate a geographic market with your image by placing a logo on your vehicle, you build greater visibility and awareness for your brand’s public face. It also ensures that your good work gets credited to your business. For example, as your landscaping business improves neighborhood yards, potential clients will see your vehicle lettering and know who is responsible for the fantastic shrub menagerie.

Save Money Compared to Other Media

The first step is to get an awesome logo. This will cost you a few hundred dollars, but it’s generally worth every penny. Even with the cost of hiring a graphic designer, vehicle logos and lettering are still less than you’d expect to pay for a billboard, TV ad, radio spot, or newspaper ad. Plus, your vehicle graphics will last you for up to five years or more.

Logo on the Run

Whether it’s in front of the TV or on a specific freeway, the aforementioned media depend upon consumers being in a certain place to get their message across. Vehicle graphics stalk your target audience like a leopard going after a zebra.

Business cards usually end up in someone’s wallet where they’re promptly forgotten, or they stay in a pants pocket where they’re mangled by a washer-dryer tag team. Logos on the side of trucks are memorable, and with repetition, consumers will think of your enterprise when they need the services you offer.

If you’re ready to boost your brand recognition, contact the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions today for a free consultation on vehicle lettering and logos in Portland, Oregon.

Van Graphics for Mobile Service Businesses in Vancouver WA!

By | Van Graphics, Vehicle Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Logos | No Comments

We’re not here to shame anyone, but there are virtually no situations where it’s okay to be naked in public. The only exception we can think of is if you’re a bear trying to steal picnic baskets. And, even then, you should have a hat and tie on. So, why do businesses let their company vehicles go around naked as the day they left the manufacturing plant? When you tastefully clothe your work trucks you promote your business while you drive. Craftworx realized this. That’s why they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for Ford Transit Connect van graphics in Vancouver, WA.

The Lowdown on Craftworx

No, Craftworx isn’t a ‘70s German electronic music band. It’s a mobile marine service company run by Nick Orr. They’re a fairly new enterprise and don’t have an online presence yet, so they rely heavily on word of mouth to attract customers who need help with fixing their boats and other nautical machinery.

When a business that does so much to keep local captains afloat came to us for van graphics for mobile service businesses in Vancouver, WA, we had to say, “Aye aye!” Without an Internet presence or physical location, Craftworx needed a way to attract new clients. They regularly traveled to job sites in their Ford Transit Connect van and figured the van could help get the word out. Fortunately, they contacted the right mighty sign makers!

We Went to Work for Craftworx

Our process is pretty simple. We first scheduled a time for Nick to bring his van around to SGS, so we could get a good look at it, take measurements, and do a little photo shoot. The van had camera skills that would impress Tyra Banks. We then got a vector version of Craftworx’s new logo from Nick. We had everything we needed to do an awesome job.

We first created a basic, professional design incorporating all of the info Craftworx wanted: their logo, phone number, and email address. Next, we cut and prepped the graphics in our shop. We then scheduled a time when Nick could drop his van off for a few hours. When he got back, his mobile advertisement was ready for the roads. Now, instead of a naked van, he’s exposing his brand using van graphics.

Why You Should Consider Vehicle Graphics

The best thing about these graphics is that they work for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week for several years. For example, let’s make a conservative estimate that your graphics last for three years (most last much longer than that). If you spend $500 for your vehicle graphics, that means you’ll have spent less than 50 cents per day over the lifespan of the graphics. That’s less than the change you scrape together from your car’s dashboard to pay for half an hour of parking at a meter downtown.  

Are you ready to have your company vehicles market and brand your enterprise? If so, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS for a free consultation and quote on vehicle graphics!

Still Not Sure About Mobile Marketing? Read our Vehicle Wrap FAQs for Portland Oregon

By | Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos, Vehicle Wrap | No Comments

If you think vehicle wraps are only for cool dude hunks who want to trick out their Honda Civics, think again! More and more businesses that aren’t even that cool are taking advantage of this marketing tool. Before we install your new wrap, we know you have lots of questions. So, below we answer your vehicle wrap FAQs for Portland, Oregon:

What Is a Vehicle Wrap?

The term “vehicle wrap” doesn’t refer to people singing about “blades” on their Impala. Instead, they’re vinyl adhesive films that are specifically designed to go on cars. Full wraps cover the entire body of your vehicle. Partial wraps work with the color of your vehicle to create a visually appealing design while covering just portions of your vehicle. Wraps can be a solid color or feature any high-resolution graphics you want, including photographs.

Are Vehicle Wraps Expensive?

Prices depend on the scope of your vehicle wrap project since every application and automobile is different. For instance, if you want a full color change wrap, including inner door frames, sills, and door jambs, it’ll cost you more than if you just want to wrap the hood and doors of your work van with pictures of kittens. Prices vary based on surface complexity, the amount of vinyl used, and the type of vehicle you have.

Are Vehicle Wraps Illegal?

We aren’t a back alley operation. We keep everything on the up and up. That being said, unless you’re talking about a wrap with explicit images that could potentially make children cry or photos you don’t the rights to that could potentially make lawyers cry, vehicle wraps aren’t illegal.

Will I Be Able to Pass My Wrap onto My Grandchildren?

There are a lot of factors that go into answering that question. We’ll just say that some wraps last for up to five years or more, and you can’t transfer a wrap from one car to another. You can use your best judgment to answer your question.

Your wrap’s lifespan will depend on how much daily stress the wrap gets from road driving, what quality film was used, and how well the film is cared for.

Can You Please Remove This Wrap from My Vehicle?

Of course! In fact, we insist upon it. Wrap removal is a bit of a tedious process, therefore it’s a job better left to the pros. And, not to brag or anything, but we’re kind of pros.

Now, Install This Wrap!

That’s not really a question, but we do wrap installation. Even if you make a mistake and buy your wrap online or from a local competitor, we’ll swallow our pride and provide you with the best darn wrap installation services in the Pacific Northwest!

Do you have something on your mind that isn’t answered by our vehicle wraps FAQs for Portland, Oregon? Well, give us a call! The mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions are more than happy to talk with you and help you flesh out whether your vehicle would look good in a vinyl suit; we’ll even tell you how to take care of your vinyl! For a free consultation, contact us today!

Why Choose Vehicle Vinyl Lettering in Vancouver?

By | Truck Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos | No Comments

Emojis are all the rage these days. It seems like just about every text we get from friends features an emoji that leaves their message ambiguous and confusing. Now, as a sign company that prides itself on being able to do anything, we can render your company’s information on your fleet vehicles using emojis, but consumers will likely be all like “OMG! WTF?” That’s why Specialty Graphic Solutions offers vehicle vinyl lettering in Vancouver, WA instead of emojis. But, how’s lettering used? We’re glad you asked. Check out these uses:

Put Your Courtesy Shuttles to Work

If you provide a courtesy shuttle to your auto dealership, hotel, car rental business, or any other enterprise, vinyl lettering is a must. You show prospective customers that you take care of your clients when you outfit your vans with spot graphics and lettering. This also helps you advertise to your target audience. For instance, your hotel courtesy shuttle reaches jet-setters, vacationers, business people, and others who like to travel as you pick up and drop off guests at the airport.

Direct Hungry People to Your Eatery

Does your restaurant offer catering services? How do people find out about this offering? Many establishments think that a little ad in an easy-to-miss spot on your menu will be just the shot in the arm your catering services need to get off the ground. Think again. You need your delivery van or car to feature your name and logo if you really want event planners to associate your diner with catering for a banquet or party. This will also advertise your popular dishes and cuisine.

If you operate a food truck, how do you set yourself apart from the other trucks in the vicinity? You must use vibrant letters to publicize your menu items. Fortunately, we have matte, reflective, neon, and metallic style letters in whatever colors you want. When your truck has your logo and name on it, you’ll boost your brand awareness. This is important if you want hungry boys and girls to seek you out and base their dining decisions on whether you’re around or not.

Install a Billboard on the Job Site

Say what? Most contractors never consider installing billboards on their job sites. Most homeowners or businesses wouldn’t allow it. Or, would they? When you add vehicle vinyl lettering in Vancouver, WA, you transform your work vehicle into a billboard on wheels. This essentially turns all of your job sites into giant advertisements for your enterprise whether you’re an electrician, handyman, plumber, heating and air conditioning professionals, or any other type of contractor.

Even if you use your personal vehicle for work, there are still numerous reasons to add truck lettering. For instance, you can benefit from a lettered car if you travel around teaching cooking classes. You’ll expose teachers and students to your branding. In addition, you build brand recognition, show goodwill, and generate buzz when you show up with vinyl lettering.

This is just a taste of what we can do. If you want solutions specifically tailored to your needs, contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free quote.

Box Truck Graphics Promote Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver!

By | Box Truck Graphics, Truck Wraps, Vehicle Vinyl Logos | No Comments

When you think of the most famous signs in the country, the Hollywood sign or the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign may come to mind. The main characteristic that these signs and any marker that’s somewhat memorable have in common is they’re “YUGE” (as certain presidential candidates say).

So, when you have a box truck, you have the opportunity to create a large sign that people will remember.  Clark County Food Bank realized this and without hesitation contacted the mighty sign makers at Specialty Graphic Solutions for delivery box truck graphics in Vancouver, WA.  The folks at the food bank know the mighty sign makers well – they’re one of our favorite serial customers!  We’ve done several vehicle graphics projects, plus check out this cool commercial freezer door graphics project we did for them!

Deposits and Withdrawals at the Clark County Food Bank

The Clark County Food Bank, or CCFB as the cool kids call them, is situated on Northeast 47th Avenue in Vancouver. On a daily basis, the food bank picks up unsold food from local grocery stores, restaurants and other community minded places. This food is then distributed to partner agencies. They in turn provide food boxes to individuals and families they’ve identified as being in need. This is a great win-win-win setup with grocery stores unloading their unwanted inventory, hungry people getting food, and there’s less waste!  Lest you think this is small potatoes – CCFB distributes six million pounds of food and five million meals a year!

When a group that does such valuable work for our community came to us for delivery box truck graphics for Vancouver, WA, we couldn’t wait to create some delicious designs. This wasn’t our first time working with CCFB. In the past, we’d created vehicle graphics for their other vehicles and installed a cool giant mural on the sliding door of their commercial freezer in their food warehouse. For this project, they needed graphics for a brand new box truck. We knew just what to do!

We Gave CCFB the SGS Treatment

When we first met with CCFB for this project, we got to check out their new ride. The truck was purchased thanks to a grant from Walmart. They wanted the new truck to match the branding found on their other vehicles. Plus, they wanted to use special graphics to show their appreciation to Walmart for their financial commitment and to share Walmart’s dedication to fighting hunger in America. We created some art proofs for them to choose from. Once they were happy, we got down to work.

We printed the full-color graphics for both sides and the back of the new box truck on Oracal 3165A print vinyl using our large format digital printer. We also added Oracal 210 laminate to make sure the graphics would look their best for up to five years.

We then worked out a good time for the installation process. They ended up dropping off the truck at the end of the day on Thursday, and by Friday afternoon, they were able to pick up the truck with all the graphics installed and looking great. CCFB was completely happy with the work we did!

If you’re interested in signage that rivals the Hollywood sign in its memorability, contact SGS today for a free consultation on vehicle graphics for your fleet!

Promote Your Nonprofit with Trailer Graphics!

By | Trailer Graphics, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos | No Comments

Nonprofits walk a thin line between marketing enough to attract donors and volunteers and not making it look like they’re putting all of their money into advertising. One marketing tool that lives along this thin line is vehicle graphics. They’re both affordable and one of the most effective ways to build name recognition. That’s why Bike Clark County decided to shift into a higher gear by contacting Special Graphic Solutions for trailer graphics for nonprofits in Vancouver, WA.

Bike Clark County Is on a Roll

Located on Broadway in Vancouver, Bike Clark County was founded in 2011 with the idea that adults can use their bikes as a viable mode of transportation, families can safely enjoy a ride together on our local trails and streets, and kids should be outside riding their bikes. From this vision, they started an organization that’s run and organized by a volunteer board of directors, who believe in promoting cycling throughout the county. They’ve been successful thanks to the many volunteers and donors who’ve offered their time and money.

When a nonprofit that’s doing so much to keep the area healthy, sustainable, and safe came to us for trailer graphics for Vancouver, WA, we put on our helmets and tight shorts and got down to work! One of the Bike Clark County board members had seen our wrapped van travelling around town (SEE! Vehicle graphics really do work!), and he called to see if we could give his group’s cargo trailer the same treatment. As you can see, we did so quite successfully.

We Worked Tirelessly

Bike Clark County needed us to work on a fairly tight schedule. The holiday season is an important time of year for them for bike donations and fundraising. They’d need the trailer available to show off their graphics and branding at events. We sent our mighty sign maker Taylor to their downtown storage facility where he measured the trailer and checked out its design.

We then worked with them on a logo mock up that would allow for a larger version of their branding and would take advantage of the great canvas the trailer afforded. Once they were happy with the design, we printed the graphics out on standard vinyl and laminate rather than a more expensive “wrap” material in order to save them money. This was possible because the trailer only had limited rivets and was smooth for the most part. There was no need to overspend on materials that were going to be applied to a simple flat surface when the standard vinyl will hold up just fine for a long time.

Now, Bike Clark County has two six-foot-wide signs on both sides of the trailer and a five-foot-tall sign on the back. When they ‘e on the road, their logo is always visible and grabbing attention. In the end, the client was completely satisfied.

Does your marketing strategy have a flat? Contact SGS today for a free consultation on vehicle graphics and make your marketing mobile!

Be Seen with Vehicle Lettering and Logos in Portland OR!

By | Truck Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Lettering, Vehicle Vinyl Logos | No Comments

Here at Specialty Graphic Solutions, whenever we see a work vehicle that doesn’t have graphics on it, we like to surmise possible reasons for that. Was the business a victim of identity theft? Do they already have too many customers, and they’re trying to keep new clients from calling them? Are they running a spy service? Wait a minute: even spy vehicles have fake company names on the outside. What could the reason be?

As you may have guessed, all of the above are unlikely scenarios. From talking to new clients, the main reason it took them so long to install vehicle lettering was that they assumed it would be too expensive. They’re almost always pleasantly surprised when we hand them an estimate. What’re you waiting for? In case you need a little more prodding, here’s a sampling of what we can do with vehicle lettering and logos for Portland, OR.

We’ll Spell It out for You with Vehicle Lettering

Sure, you want high contrast on your white work van, but plain black lettering just doesn’t cut it in Portland these days with so many advertisements vying for consumers’ attention. Instead, we recommend incorporating a variety of colors to really catch the eyes of drivers and pedestrians. Vinyl lettering is available in all fonts, colors, typefaces, and several styles, including reflective, matte, neon, metallic, and more.

Since passersby only have a couple seconds to read your message, we strongly recommend just including your company name, contact information, and maybe a list of services on the rear of your vehicle where people stuck in traffic can read it. Though it may be tempting and we can definitely do it, you might want to refrain from incorporating the entire text of Ulysses into your vehicle graphics. It’ll just confuse people.

Good Spot Graphic Logos Fetch Customers

Spot graphics are the ideal way to showcase your company logo. With our large format digital printer and fancy software, we can render any images on top-quality vinyl specifically designed for use on vehicles. Better yet, we can precisely match your company colors and graphics. This is a must if you want to build brand recognition and inspire trust in your service area. After all, people are much more likely to go with your products or services if they’ve heard of them!

In addition, spot graphics are great for displaying images of your handiwork or bestselling products. And, they work well in conjunction with vinyl lettering. The letters spell out your name, phone number, and website while the spot graphics make your logo shine.

We Have Solutions for All Budgets

Contacting SGS for a free quote is absolutely free. Free. After you pay us an initial consultation fee of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, we’ll listen to what you have in mind for your project and how much money you’re working with. We’ll then make some free recommendations and give you free estimates. If you decide you can’t afford anything, we’ll then bill you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Essentially, when SGS says we provide you with a FREE estimate and consultation, we mean it. You have nothing to lose. Contact us today to learn more about truck lettering and logos for Portland, OR.