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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?

Interstate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation involving the crossing of a state boundary. To be considered interstate commerce, either the vehicle, its passengers, or cargo must cross a state boundary, or there must be the intent to cross a state boundary to be considered an interstate carrier.

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.
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS with additional questions relating to intrastate and interstate commerce.

What do I need to do to begin operating in interstate commerce?

A USDOT number is required if you meet any of the following:

  • 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.
Logitec/TTS can complete the MCS-150 (Motor Carrier Identification Report) for you. By doing so, you'll be granted a USDOT number. We are happy to provide all the forms for you and the MCS-150 and MCS-150A can be completed by Logistec/TTS for only $150.

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?

A For-Hire carrier is a company that transports cargo or passengers for compensation. For-hire carriers must have a USDOT number as well as operating authority (MC number) to operate.

Don't hesitate to contact Logistec/TTS for more information on For-Hire carriers.

Where can I purchase the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?

To purchase a complete copy of the FMCSR, Parts 300-399, please contact Logistec/TTS.

Besides a USDOT number, what other forms are necessary to operate as a for-hire carrier in interstate commerce?

Motor carriers of property must obtain the following:

  • Form CP-1
  • Application for motor property carrier and broker authority
Motor carriers of passengers must obtain the following:

  • Form OP-1(P)
  • Application for motor carrier authority
All for-hire carriers must have operating authority (MC number.) Here at Logistec/TTS, we can provide the following services:

  • 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.
It's also imperative that you request that your insurance company file the appropriate insurance forms for the type of authority you are requesting with the FMCSA.

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?

Logistec/TTS would be happy to obtain this for you. In order to be able to receive your MC number, including the FMCSA $300 filing fee, your Process Service (BOC-3) and insurance filings, there is a charge of $699.00. Once payment is received, we'll have your MC number to you within 24 hours.

For additional information regarding your operating authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.

What happens after Logistec/TTS files the appropriate forms?

Once the application has been received and accepted, you will be assigned your MC (motor carrier) number. You will receive a letter with this MC number and all information needed to be compliant. Once your insurance company has filed the correct insurance form and the process agent has filed the BOC-3 Designation of Process Agent form, you will receive your official operating authority in the form of a certificate and/or permit. You will not be able to operate until this information has been submitted and the certificate and/or permit are officially issued.

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?

Once you have your USDOT number you will be able to operate as a private motor carrier. You will not be able to operate as a for-hire motor carrier until you have operating authority (an active MC number).

Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions.

Can I operate outside of my base state once I apply for authority?

If you are transporting exempt commodities and have a USDOT number, you may operate as an exempt for-hire interstate motor carrier without an MC number.

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?

Yes, leasing is permissible if you comply with the requirements under Section 376.11.

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?

To check whether your operating authority has been issued, search the FMCSA record database from the top of the page.

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?

The regulations do not allow for voluntary suspension of operating authority; however, voluntary revocation of your operating authority is allowed. To accomplish a voluntary revocation, contact us and we will complete a Form OCE-46, Request for Revocation of Registration, on your behalf.

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)?

Logistec/TTS can reinstate your operating authority for $180. The next steps are as follows:
  • 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.
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for additional questions about authority reinstatements.

What is a Process Agent?

A process agent is a representative upon whom court papers may be served in any proceeding brought against a motor carrier or broker. The Designation of Process Agents is one of the pre-licensing requirements that must be met by the carrier before authority is issued.

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 common carrier provides for-hire truck transportation to the general public and must file both liability (BI & PD) insurance as well as publish a tariff on their rates (not required to do so anymore).

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?

The common carrier authority requires liability and cargo insurance and a publication of tariff. The contract carrier authority only requires liability insurance. Some shippers prefer common and some prefer contract.

For more information regarding the differences between common and contract authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.

Can a contract carrier broker loads?

No. A contract carrier cannot broker loads without first applying for and receiving a license to operate as a broker of freight.

To learn more about contract and broker authority, please contact Logistec/TTS.

What applications do I need to complete for common carrier authority?

Please take a moment to browse through our online applications, or you can contact Logistec/TTS to have one faxed to you. Logistec/TTS will complete the necessary paperwork so that you can become a common carrier of property.

Where do I go to find out if a company has interstate operating authority (active MC number)?

Use the search form at the top right hand corner of this page to find out if a company's MC number is active.

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?

Yes. There are two options:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for more information regarding this process.

How can I find out the status of my USDOT number?

If you requested a USDOT number from Logistec/TTS, we will gladly check the status of your application for you. Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS about the status of your USDOT number. You can also view your application status by searching the FMCSA database in the top right corner of the page.

When filing for operating authority, is there a difference between submitting the application by mail or via the Internet?

By submitting your applications via the Internet, your application will be processed much faster. To do so, please take a moment to fill out our online application. We encourage our applicants to use this online data entry option. This allows us to provide immediate response to carriers who require it, and reduce processing delays for all applicants. In contrast, applications filed by mail can take an additional seven to 14 days to process.

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?

No. However, transfer applications can be completed via mail by Logistec/TTS. Transfer of Authority costs $759 and can take 30-45 days for FMCSA processing.

Contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about transferring your authority.

Are USDOT numbers transferable?

No, USDOT numbers are not transferable. Logistec/TTS can file for your new USDOT number for a fee of $150. Click here to order your USDOT # online, or contact Logistec/TTS about transferring your USDOT number.

What forms are required to transport regulated property for-hire interstate?

If you are transporting regulated property "for hire" from one state to another, you are required to have both a USDOT number (MCS-150 and MCS-150A) and operating authority (active MC number - OP-1). Logistec/TTS can assist you by applying for these forms.

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?

Since MC #'s are controlled by the licensing and insurance department of the FMCSA, not the US Department of Transportation, brokers can not 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?

Logistec/TTS can assist you by filing an Application for Motor Property Carrier and Broker Authority. This operating authority requires you to have on file with the FMCSA either a surety bond (BMC-84 form provided by an insurance company) or a trust fund (BMC-85 form obtained by request to the Insurance Compliance Division at FMCSA on 202-385-2423 or 2424 in the amount of $10,000), as well as a Designation of Agents Form BOC-3. Logistec can do all of the necessary steps.

Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about becoming a broker.

What form do I complete for passenger (limo) operating authority?

You will need to submit an application for Motor Passenger Carrier Authority. Logistec/TTS can file all the necessary information for this authority for you. Simply contact Logistec/TTS and we'll get you started.

What is a freight fowarder and who can become one?

A freight forwarder is a company that arranges for the truck transportation of cargo belonging to others, utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation. In the ordinary course of its business, a freight forwarder usually assembles and consolidates less-than truckload (LTL) shipments at origin and disassembles and distributes truckload (TL) shipments at destination. The freight forwarder assumes responsibility for the transportation from origin to destination, but it uses a for-hire carrier for the line-haul movement. Logistec/TTS can file an application for Freight Forwarder Freight forwarders must register with FMCSA by getting Logistec/TTS to file an Application for Freight Forwarder Authority.

Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about a freight forwarders.

Can we obtain apportioned tags from the FMCSA web site?

No. License plates and stickers are state matters, and Logistec/TTS can contact your state department of motor vehicles for you and set up your IRP account.

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?

You may change the name of your operation only if there is no change in the ownership, management or control of the company. The information can be changed by Logistec/TTS for a $114 fee. (Note: If there is a change in ownership, management or control of the company Logistec/TTS must file a Transfer Application.)

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.
Note: After receiving the Re-entitlement Decision, you will have 30 days for Logistec/TTS to get proof of insurance and designation of agents (BOC-3) in the carrier's new name.

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?

Logistec/TTS can have your address changed for a fee of $100. The address change will be updated for both the MC number and the USDOT number. Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS and we'll do it for you. Logistec/TTS' process service clients receive this value added service for free.

Will I keep the same MC number if I change my name? Will I get a new certificate or permit?

Yes, you will keep the same MC number if you change your name. However, you will not receive a new certificate or permit, but you will receive a Re-entitlement Decision that should be attached to your original operating authority. This will come to you via regular mail from the FMCSA, or we can obtain this for you quicker with our Quick Permit service. Click here to order a Quick Permit (hyperlink to Operating Authority page).

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?

The SAFER system highlights your safety record. You can access your safety rating using our website. Search for your safety record using the search form at the top of the page. You must enter your USDOT or MC # in order to access the record.

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?

Contact Logistec/TTS and we'll get the information corrected.

How can I update my USDOT record?

You can update your USDOT number by submitting a Request Form from our Home page (hyperlink to our Home Page). To update this quickly you will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN), but the good news is that we can also apply for your PIN and you will receive it within 3-5 days.

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?

If you operate any of the following types of commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce you must comply with the applicable U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) safety regulations concerning:
  • 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.
  1. 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
  2. A vehicle designed or used to transport between nine and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  3. A vehicle designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers OR
  4. 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).
Please contact Logistec/TTS to learn more about the FMCSA's safety regulations.

Do you offer temporary authority?

Temporary authority is only issued for national disasters or emergency situations.

For more in formation regarding temporary authorities, please contact Logistec/TTS.

How do I determine if I need cargo insurance?

It depends on the type of authority you apply for with FMCSA. If you apply for common carrier authority, you are required to have on file evidence of both liability (BI & PD) and cargo insurance. If you apply for contract authority, you are only required to have evidence of liability (BI & PD) insurance on file. Common carriers hauling low value goods as specified at 49 CFR 387.301(b) may request exemption from cargo insurance requirements by contacting Logistec/TTS or by submitting a Request Form from our Home Page.

Where do I obtain the insurance forms BMC-91 or BMC-91X?

The forms BMC-91 or BMC-91X are both used to make liability insurance filings with the FMCSA. We do not provide these forms. The insurance company making the filing maintains their own supply of forms. However, many insurance carriers are set up to make the required insurance filings with us electronically.

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?

Your insurance company must provide the Form BMC-84 Property Broker's Surety Bond. Logistec/TTS can provide you with several options for obtaining this; please complete our Request Form (hyperlink to Home Page) for more information, or contact Logistec/TTS.

Will my insurance company have the BMC-85 form?

You may obtain a copy of Form BMC-85, Property Broker's Trust Fund Agreement, by contacting Logistec/TTS.

I transport some hazardous materials. Do I have to register?

According to Title 49 CFR Part 107, Subpart G (107.601 - 107.620), certain providers and transporters of hazardous materials, including hazardous waste, are required to file an annual registration statement with the U.S. Department of Transportation and to pay a fee.

Please feel free to contact Logistec/TTS for more information regarding hazardous materials.

Is there a website that has information on how to comply with regulations dealing with alcohol and drugs?

Yes. Typically you can find this information locally or you can contact Logistec/TTS for additional guidance.

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