Big step #2 of starting a trucking company after setting up your business is applying for your DOT number and MC number, also known as operating authority. You can’t do much in trucking without one or both of these numbers. How do you know which one you need or if you need them at all? My buddy Tyler with Motor Carrier HQ and I cover all the basics in this episode.
Here are some of subjects we discuss in detail:
- DOT Number
- MC Number
- Operating Authority
- Insurance (We just kind of scratch the surface. This will be its own future episode.)
- Vehicle Weights
- FMCSA Compliance
- Drug and Alcohol
- New Entrant Audit
- Additional Permits
- New York
- New Mexico
Most for-hire trucking companies will need to apply for an MC number in order to get their operating authority. For your planning purposes, keep in mind it takes at least 21 days from the day you apply and are issued your numbers until you will legally be able to cross state lines as a for-hire trucking company.
What to Expect After Applying for Your Operating Authority
Once you do apply, the contact info you provide becomes public, and you’ll start to receive a ton of solicitations for everything from compliance companies to factoring and insurance. Watch out for snakes in the grass that try to take advantage of you. There are a lot of shady companies, especially ones who try to make you think they are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Every situation is different. What licenses and hoops you have to jump through might be different than what your friend had to do. If you have any questions you can always talk to one of the experts at Motor Carrier HQ, heck you might even get to talk to Tyler. They will talk to you about your specific situation, absolutely no obligation.
Learn more about how to get your new motor carrier authority.