Commercial Motor Vehicles ("CMVs") over 10,000 lbs are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation with respect to interstate transportation...
... and may be regulated by your state insofar as intrastate operations are concerned. You may register online through this website or by calling us at (800) 319-5937. We are a private, third-party provider offering services for a fee. This is a commercial solicitation and advertisement. Registration Services is NOT affiliated with any government authority.
Interstate Motor Carrier Operating Authority is essentially a business license issued by the USDOT.
The main purpose of operating authority is to regulate insurance for
the protection of the public and shippers. Common motor carriers (those
open to the public) must file vehicle liability (bodily injury and
property damage protection). Effective March 2011, cargo liability
insurance no longer needs to be filed.
Contract motor carriers, which only operate under contract with select shippers, also need vehicle liability insurance. There
is a significant difference between the minimum levels of
insurance imposed by the government and the levels expected by the
industry. So, $750,000 vehicle liability insurance will get you your
authority... but it won't get you loads!
Please see the chart below:
VEHICLE LIABILITY INSURANCE
Vehicle is a... Government Requires Industry Expects
Truck 10,000 lbs
or under $300,000 $300,000
Truck Over 10,000 lbs
Non-hazmat $750,000 $1 million
Truck Over 10,000 lbs
Low level hazmat $1 million $1 million
Truck Over 10,000 lbs
High level hazmat $5 million $5 million
CARGO LIABILITY INSURANCE
Cargo Government Requires Industry Expects
General Commodities $0 $100,000
Special Commodities $0 Varies.
motor carrier authority applicants must file a legal point of contact
for all 48 Continental states. You must have someone designated in each
state to receive legal process on your behalf and forward legal papers
to your official address of record. Your agents will be assigned for you
when you apply for authority through this site. Form BOC-3 will be
issued to you and the government listing your individual agents for each
state. Your BOC-3 will be filed with USDOT for you under your MC or FF
EXAMINATION, EXPERIENCE & FITNESS
is no examination or experience required for Interstate Motor Carrier
Operating Authority. Fitness is no longer regulated due to the
Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995, which
de-regulated the trucking industry on January 1st, 1996.
APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME
OP-1 application processing time for independent owner-operator,
trucking company and freight brokerage applications electronically filed
through this site is 3-4 weeks. There is a 10 business day public
notice and comment period so authority cannot be issued sooner than 3
DISMISSALS & PETITIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION
will be granted upon compliance with the financial security and process
agent requirements as long as you comply within 90 days of submission
of your application. Applicants who do not comply within 90 days will
have their applications dismissed. Applicants may then petition the
USDOT for reconsideration up to one year, after which, a new motor
carrier authority application must be submitted. If you need to petition
USDOT for reconsideration, Click Here to connect to a licensed transportation practitioner.
2. Who needs Operating Authority?
that operate as “for-hire” motor carriers (for a fee or other
compensation) that transport passengers or federally-regulated
commodities across state lines ("in interstate commerce") are required
to have interstate motor carrier operating authority.
carriers must secure BOTH a USDOT safety tracking number and an MC
Number (formerly know as an "ICC/MC Number"). You will get both by
filing through this site.
If you operate for-hire solely within the following 28 states, you must secure intrastate motor carrier authority.
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,
New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia,
Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
NOTE: Interstate Operating Authority does NOT give you rights to operate point-to-point within any state. It is only permission to cross
state lines. Do not confuse intrastate operating authority with making a
stop off on an interstate run. The bill of lading which lists points of
origin and destination determine whether a load constitutes INTERstate
or INTRAastate operations. If you operate without intrastate authority,
you may be liable for fines up to $5,000 in certain states. Most small
and medium-sized motor carriers get INTERstate Operating Authority and INTRAstate Operating Authority for the state in which they are based.
Large motor carriers with big fleets secure federal interstate and
state intrastate operating authority for all applicable states.
3. How do I get Operating Authority?
You may secure Operating Authority online through this website.
on the applicable state below if operating point-to-point within that
state to apply for the state's intrastate motor carrier authority online
or through paper form.
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
4. What happens after I get Operating Authority?
must file for Unified Carrier Registration ("UCR"). This is the
registration of your federal authority with the states. Your UCR fee
will be calculated at check out and submitted for you. Fee includes
state and third-party processing fees. You must then renew your UCR annually.
5. What are the Costs?
The $700 Fee you will pay through this website includes:
The Official $300 Federal Filing Fee due upon filing your Electronic OP-1 Application;
Your USDOT Number;
Your MC Number;
$400 service fee that includes your Electronic BOC-3 Filing which is a
listing of Process Agents for all 50 States and Licensed Transportation