USDOT Law and Legal Definition

The USDOT is the abbreviation for the United States Department of Transportation. It is also abbreviated as DOT. The USDOT is a federal agency of the U.S. concerned with transportation. It was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966. It began its operation on April 1, 1967. The USDOT is administered by the United States Secretary of Transportation.

The Department’s mission is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."

The DOT aims to keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have the U.S. transportation system contribute to the U.S.'s economic growth.