When do I have to fill out logbooks?

Posted on May 30, 2007 

trukgirl3.jpgDear Eric: Do I have to fill out logbooks?

Answer: The regulations state that you must complete a record of duty status (aka a logbook) every day, unless if you:

1) stay within a 100 air mile radius from your office, and 2) return to the office within 12 hours.

If you do that, your driver may record his time on a time card, time sheet, any thing that captures the time started, time finished, and the total number of hours worked that day. In the event the driver does not meet those requirements one day, then for that day, he must complete a logsheet. Logbooks are generally available at truckstops, or online from www.jjkeller.com.  If you are a non-CDL driver, there are numerous exceptions that apply instead of the 100 air mile rule.


Eric Arnold is a Former Enforcement Agent with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and a leading expert on USDOT compliance for small businesses. Do you have a question for Eric Arnold? Email him at eric@arnoldsafety.com.

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103 Responses to “When do I have to fill out logbooks?”

  1. Eric Arnold on March 10th, 2016 9:43 am

    You can keep your time on a time sheet (time start, time finished, total hours), provided you’re back within 12 hours, and you don’t go beyond 100 air miles from the office.

  2. Cedric shelby on August 23rd, 2016 9:16 pm

    I work for a company that has a commercial fleet bad we don’t drive 100 miles but we work 12 to 15 hrs a day 6 days a week,are we required to complete a log and are there any violations with the hrs?

  3. Eric Arnold on September 6th, 2016 8:35 am

    How heavy is the vehicle? If it is a CDL vehicle, you should be filling out logs, as you are working more than 12 hours a day. If it’s a non-CDL vehicle, logs are not required. Time sheets are sufficient. As for the hours violations, you get to work 70 hours in any 8 day period. 12 x 6 = 72. 15 x 6 = 90. Yeah, your company is probably violating the 70 hour rule pretty frequently.

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