Delaware Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Dover may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The Delaware Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of Delaware laws that affect trucks operating only in Delaware:

Driver Qualification

Delaware has adopted Part 391 of the Federal Regulations with a few notable differences. Drivers must be at least 18 and have at least 1 year of previous experience operating a motor vehicle. Drivers transporting hazardous materials and/or involved in intrastate commerce must be 21.


Delaware has adopted Part 393 of the Federal Regulations, including regulations dealing with projecting and shifting or falling loads. Vehicles that are driven or moved on any highway must be constructed or loaded to prevent the contents from dropping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping from the vehicle.

Crash reports are available from:

Department of Public Safety
ATTN: Traffic Records
P.O. Box 430
Dover, DE 19903
(302) 739-5933

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