If you're new to trucking and want to get a feel for the process of obtaining your authority or if you have a specific question, we encourage you to check out our expansive list of FAQs (frequently asked questions). Don't see your question listed? Please contact us and we'll get it answered for you as soon as possible!
What is the difference between interstate commerce and intrastate commerce?
Intrastate commerce is trade, traffic or transportation within a single state.
If your operations include interstate commerce, you must comply with the applicable federal safety regulations and operating authority rules, in addition to state and local requirements. You must notify the particular state in which you plan to register your vehicle(s) of your intentions to operate in interstate commerce to ensure that the vehicle is properly registered for purposes of the International Registration Plan (IRP), and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). Your base state will help you by collecting the appropriate fees and distributing a portion of those fees to the other states in which you operate commercial motor vehicles.
If you operate exclusively in intrastate commerce, you must comply with applicable state and local regulations. The only federal regulations that are applicable to intrastate operations are the following:
- The commercial driver's license (CDL) for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles as defined in 49 CFR 383.5
- Controlled substances and alcohol testing for all persons required to possess CDL.
- Minimum levels of financial responsibility for the intrastate transportation of certain quantities of hazardours materials and substances.
What do I need to do to begin operating in interstate commerce?
- Vehicles that are over 10,000 lbs
- If you transport between nine and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation
- If you transport 16 or more passengers
- Haul hazardous materials in interstate commerce.
Generally, if you are operating as a for-hire motor carrier of regulated commodities or passengers in interstate commerce, you must also obtain interstate operating authority (an MC number), unless your for-hire operation is limited to the transportation of exempt commodities, or you operate within a commercial zone, exempt from the interstate operating authority rules.
information about commercial zone exemptions can be found under 9 CFR 372, Administrative Ruling No. 119. This section also provides additional guidance on identifying exempt commodities.
A list of non-exempt commodities can be found under 49 CFR 372.115.
Contact Logistec/TTS with additional questions relating to getting started with interstate commerce.
Who qualifies as a For-Hire carrier?
Don't hesitate to contact Logistec/TTS for more information on For-Hire carriers.
Where can I purchase the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?
Besides a USDOT number, what other forms are necessary to operate as a for-hire carrier in interstate commerce?
- Form CP-1
- Application for motor property carrier and broker authority
- Form OP-1(P)
- Application for motor carrier authority
- Complete and file the appropriate OP-1 application
- As your process agent service, Logistec/TTS can also submit a BOC-3, designation of process agent form.
Note: Passenger carriers who are Federal Transit Administration Grantees (Transit Benefit Operators) under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 5310, or 5311 are required to maintain liability insurance at least at the highest level required for any of the states in which the transit service area is located. The FMCSA's $300 filing fee will be waived for the Transit Benefit Operator application.
Feel free to contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about required operating authority forms.
How do I go about filing for operating authority (acquiring an active MC number) to travel within the U.S. as a "for hire " motor carrier?
For additional information regarding your operating authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.
What happens after Logistec/TTS files the appropriate forms?
To learn more about the operating authority process, contact Logistec/TTS.
I perform both for-hire and private carriage. Will I be able to operate once I get my USDOT number?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions.
Can I operate outside of my base state once I apply for authority?
You cannot transport regulated commodities in interstate commerce until you have obtained operating authority certificate and/or permit and received your appropriate state registrations. Simply applying for operating authority is not sufficient. You must wait until the certificate and/or permit has been issued.
What are exempt commodities? A listing of exempt commodities is highlighted on Administrative Ruling No. 119.
The list of exempt commodities is ever changing, but this can be used as a general guide. A list of non-exempt commodities can be found under 49 CFR 372.115.
For more details regarding operating out of your base state, please contact Logistec/TTS.
Until I get my own operating authority (active MC number), can I lease my services to a for-hire carrier with operating rights?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions relating to leasing requirements.
How can I find out if my operating authority (active MC number) has been issued? Can I get a faxed copy?
Or contact Logistec/TTS to review the status of your authority. We can also fax you a copy of your authority through our Quick Permit Service.
How can I suspend or put my operating authority (MC number) on hold?
Upon receipt of the form, the information will be coded into the system, and the date that appears is when your operating authority will be voluntarily revoked. Logistec/TTS can have your operating authority reinstated at any time in the future if you so desire by requesting reinstatement of the authority. The fee for reinstating your authority is $180.00.
Contact Logistec/TTS for to learn more about suspending your authority.
What do I need to do to reinstate my operating authority (in other words, make my MC number active)?
- First, you must make sure your insurance company files the BMC-91 or 91X and/or BMC-34 (if necessary) to meet the proof of insurance requirement.
- You must also be certain that you have a valid Designation of Process Agents (BOC-3) filing in effect. Logistec/TTS is licensed by the FMCSA to file this on your behalf.
- Your operating authority (MC number) will not be reactivated until updated insurance filings have been received and accepted. You will receive a reinstatement notification from the FMCSA after the operating authority has been reinstated.
What is a Process Agent?
To learn more about Process Agents or BOC-3 Process Service Filings, contact Logistec/TTS.
What are the definitions of common, contract, and broker authority?
A contract carrier provides for-hire truck transportation to specific, individual shippers, based on contracts. Contract carriers must file only liability (BI & PD) insurance.
A broker is a company that, for compensation, arranges for the truck transportation of cargo belonging to others, and utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation. Brokers must file either a surety bond or trust fund agreement.
For more information regarding common, contract, and broker authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.
What is the difference between common and contract carrier authority?
For more information regarding the differences between common and contract authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.
Can a contract carrier broker loads?
To learn more about contract and broker authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.
What applications do I need to complete for common carrier authority?
Where do I go to find out if a company has interstate operating authority (active MC number)?
Contact Logistec/TTS and we'll help review your authority.
I share interstate operating authority (MC number) with a business partner and would like to get my own MC number and discontinue my partnership with this person. Is that possible?
- Logistec/TTS can request a Transfer of Authority for the existing MC number by submitting a transfer application and notarized letter with the FMCSA filing fee. This process costs $759, and can be paid using a check, money order or credit card. The partner who is removed from the existing authority can then file a new application along with the required fee to receive his or her own MC number. A USDOTnumber may not be transferred. Notice must be sent to the USDOT notifying them that you are out of business, and a new USDOT must be issued for your authority.
- If the partners cannot agree who should keep the existing MC number, Logistec can file a new application for both with the required fees and get two new MC numbers. You can submit an authority application online at Logistec by clicking here. Additionally, Logistec/TTS can request that the existing MC number be voluntarily revoked.
How can I find out the status of my USDOT number?
When filing for operating authority, is there a difference between submitting the application by mail or via the Internet?
24 hours after you file your application, you will be able to check the status of your application here by searching the FMCSA database at the top of every page. To obtain your MC number, just click on "Continue", then select "Carrier Search" from the dropdown menu. Here you can enter your last name or company name and the state where the carrier is located. Then click on "Search". To check the status, click "Screen" under "View Carrier Details."
Operating authority will be granted a minimum of 14 days later and only after insurance and Designation of Process Agent documents are on file with the FMCSA. You will receive your certificate, permit or license by mail, or we can obtain for you faster with our Quick Permit service.
Click here to request a Quick Permit.
Contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about submitting your application online.
Can you transfer operating authority (MC number) directly on the website?
Contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about transferring your authority.
Are USDOT numbers transferable?
What forms are required to transport regulated property for-hire interstate?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions relating to these forms.
Why can't a broker check their MC # on the SAFER system?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions relating to the SAFER system.
What form do I need to complete to become a broker?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about becoming a broker.
What form do I complete for passenger (limo) operating authority?
What is a freight fowarder and who can become one?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about a freight forwarders.
Can we obtain apportioned tags from the FMCSA web site?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about tags and stickers/permits.
What do I need to do to change the name of my motor carrier operation?
Logistec/TTS can also make these types of name changes, however, additional verification information will be required.
- If you are adding or deleting an immediate family member you must present a notarized letter for the change to become effective. (Immediate family members include husband, wife, brother, sister, mother or father.)
- If you need to delete a name from your operating authority because of the death of a spouse or death of a partner already on your operating authority, you must present a copy of the death certificate.
- If you are adding a partner as a result of marriage, you must present a copy of the marriage license.
- If you are deleting an existing partner currently on the operating authority, you must present a notarized letter from the partner being removed for the change to become effective.
The name will be changed under the MC number and USDOT number for a $114 fee. Logistec/TTS' process service clients receive a discount on this service.
To get more information on changing your name of your company, please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS.
How do I change my address?
Will I keep the same MC number if I change my name? Will I get a new certificate or permit?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions about name changes.
I am trying to check on a safety rating? Where should I go?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions relating to the SAFER system.
I recently did a search through the Safer Query in reference to my company and found the information to be incorrect. Who should I contact to get this fixed?
How can I update my USDOT record?
For additional questions relating to USDOT updates, please contact Logistec/TTS.
How do I determine whether I am subject to the FMCSA's safety regulations?
- CDL: controlled substances and alcohol testing for all persons required to possess a CDL
- Driver qualifications (including medical exams)
- Driving commercial motor vehicles
- Parts and accessories necessary for safe operations
- Hours of service
- Inspection, repair and maintenance.
- A vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 4,537 kg (10,001 lb) or more, whichever is greater
- A vehicle designed or used to transport between nine and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation
- A vehicle designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers OR
- Any size vehicle used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR chapter I, subchapter C).
Do you offer temporary authority?
For more in formation regarding temporary authorities, please contact Logistec/TTS.
How do I determine if I need cargo insurance?
Where do I obtain the insurance forms BMC-91 or BMC-91X?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for more information regarding BMC-91 and BMC-91X forms.
I need to have a copy of the form BMC-84 (surety bond) e-mailed to me. How can I obtain this?
Will my insurance company have the BMC-85 form?
I transport some hazardous materials. Do I have to register?
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for more information regarding hazardous materials.