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Getting Your Operating Authority

Considering the idea of getting your own authority as an owner-operator can give you the chance to make more profit and have more freedom to run things independently. Although there are a lot of upfront costs associated with getting your operating authority and the different regulations that you have to go through, we are here to help you navigate your way.


 

What is Operating Authority?

  • US DOT Number: requirement for carriers doing interstate commerce

  • MC Number: issued by the FMCSA to allow transporting of regulated commodities

The FMCSA’s new Unified Registration System is still on target to ultimately eliminate the MC number.

 

What to Prepare Before Filing:

  • Business name – Requires a $14 fee for you to make changes.

  • Business type – Get with your accountant to decide how your business should be organized: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation, each comes with a different level of liability and tax rates depending on the State you are based. We can offer assistance to set this up without additional charges–only pay state fees.

  • Freight – Determine what you are going to haul, your target freight sector, and whether you’ll be operating in all 48 lower states.



 

Proof of Insurance

  • All carriers are required to have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance for general freight or $1 million for hazmat, with some forecasts predicting an increase in these numbers.

  • The average cost of Insurance Premiums:$16,000 to $26,000 per year per truck

    • Factors: Driving record, the State you are based, Credit History, and the States you plan to do business in

  • New carriers are often charged a higher premium due to the associated risk involved, with the price typically dropping once the business is more firmly established a couple of years into the venture.

 

Other Requirements

  • Process agents

    • FMCSA requirement to have a process agent in every state you do business in, to act as the entity that would get served papers for any legal trouble in a State other than the one your business is based in

    • Filed with Form BOC-3

  • Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT)

    • Any rig weighing at least 55,000 lbs has to pay HVUT

    • Filed with IRS Form 2290

  • Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)

    • Filed with the state you’re based in

    • A fee is based on the number of trucks in your fleet (power only)

  • International Registration Plan (IRP)

    • Also known as your apportioned base plate or cab card

    • Filed with your state

    • Beginning in 2015, the IRP began full reciprocity, which means all carriers will be apportioned for all of the Lower 48 states and the 10 Canadian provinces

  • IFTA

    • Nominal fee for getting set up based on your state

  • Other state regulations

    • Some states require weight distance permits when traveling through them such as New York, New Mexico, and Kentucky

    • Oregon requires a permit and a bond

    • Some states like Texas and California also require intrastate authority

  • Drug and alcohol testing

    • Your new company must enroll in a drug and alcohol testing program, and anyone in the company holding a CDL must pass a screening

    • Registration with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is also a must



DOT New Entrant Audit

The DOT New Entrant Program conducts an audit within your first 18 months of business that looks into the following:

  • Driver qualifications

  • Driver logs

  • Maintenance programs

  • Accident register

  • Driver qualification files

  • Drug and alcohol policies

 

New Trucking Company Startup

Innovative Compliance offers quick and reliable service to customers securing Motor Carrier Operating Authority. Our complete package includes 

  • MC Number for Broker or Operating Authority

  • Your DOT Number or MCS 15O Update

  • BOC-3, Process Agent Filing

  • Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)



Obtaining Your FMCSA DOT Authority

Starting a new business is now made as simple as possible with Innovative Compliance. Our services range from what a new carrier needs to start a new company and what must be met to keep the company compliant:

  • USDOT Number only: $75

  • Basic Package – USDOT Number and MC Number: $375

  • Delivery Service Partner (DSP) Authority: $500

  • Complete Package – Complete Authority: $600

  • Complete Authority plus KYU, NY HUT, NM: $800

  • Total Setup Package plus IFTA and IRP: $1050

 

Fix My Authority

Innovative Compliance makes processes involved in fixing your authority smooth and easy. Select the solution below that fits your needs:

  • Reinstate Your Authority: $160.00

  • Name Change: $160

  • MC Address Change: $75

  • Authority Undismissal: $75

  • Authority Cancelation: $75

  • Biennial Update: $75

  • USDOT Number Deactivation: $75



 

Additional Weight Distance Permits

Passing through or delivering in Kentucky, New York or New Mexico? Innovative Compliance offers quick and reliable service to customers securing additional permits required in these States.

  • Kentucky KYU: $75

  • New York HUT (Highway Use Tax): $99

  • New Mexico Weight Distance Tax Permit: $75

  • Combo Pack (NY HUT, NM WDT, KYU): $200

 


 

What is Operating Authority?

  • US DOT Number: requirement for carriers doing interstate commerce

  • MC Number: issued by the FMCSA to allow transporting of regulated commodities

The FMCSA’s new Unified Registration System is still on target to ultimately eliminate the MC number.


 

What to Prepare Before Filing:

  • Business name – Requires a $14 fee for you to make changes.

  • Business type – Get with your accountant to decide how your business should be organized: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation, each comes with a different level of liability and tax rates depending on the State you are based. We can offer assistance to set this up without additional charges–only pay state fees.

  • Freight – Determine what you are going to haul, your target freight sector, and whether you’ll be operating in all 48 lower states.


 

Proof of Insurance

  • All carriers are required to have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance for general freight or $1 million for hazmat, with some forecasts predicting an increase in these numbers.

  • The average cost of Insurance Premiums:$16,000 to $26,000 per year per truck

    • Factors: Driving record, the State you are based, Credit History, and the States you plan to do business in

  • New carriers are often charged a higher premium due to the associated risk involved, with the price typically dropping once the business is more firmly established a couple of years into the venture.


 

Other Requirements

  • Process agents

    • FMCSA requirement to have a process agent in every state you do business in, to act as the entity that would get served papers for any legal trouble in a State other than the one your business is based in

    • Filed with Form BOC-3

  • Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT)

    • Any rig weighing at least 55,000 lbs has to pay HVUT

    • Filed with IRS Form 2290

  • Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)

    • Filed with the state you’re based in

    • A fee is based on the number of trucks in your fleet (power only)

  • International Registration Plan (IRP)

    • Also known as your apportioned base plate or cab card

    • Filed with your state

    • Beginning in 2015, the IRP began full reciprocity, which means all carriers will be apportioned for all of the Lower 48 states and the 10 Canadian provinces

  • IFTA

    • Nominal fee for getting set up based on your state

  • Other state regulations

    • Some states require weight distance permits when traveling through them such as New York, New Mexico, and Kentucky

    • Oregon requires a permit and a bond

    • Some states like Texas and California also require intrastate authority

  • Drug and alcohol testing

    • Your new company must enroll in a drug and alcohol testing program, and anyone in the company holding a CDL must pass a screening

    • Registration with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is also a must


DOT New Entrant Audit

The DOT New Entrant Program conducts an audit within your first 18 months of business that looks into the following:

  • Driver qualifications

  • Driver logs

  • Maintenance programs

  • Accident register

  • Driver qualification files

  • Drug and alcohol policies


 

New Trucking Company Startup

Innovative Compliance offers quick and reliable service to customers securing Motor Carrier Operating Authority. Our complete package includes 

  • MC Number for Broker or Operating Authority

  • Your DOT Number or MCS 15O Update

  • BOC-3, Process Agent Filing

  • Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)


Obtaining Your FMCSA DOT Authority

Starting a new business is now made as simple as possible with Innovative Compliance. Our services range from what a new carrier needs to start a new company and what must be met to keep the company compliant:

  • USDOT Number only: $75

  • Basic Package – USDOT Number and MC Number: $375

  • Delivery Service Partner (DSP) Authority: $500

  • Complete Package – Complete Authority: $600

  • Complete Authority plus KYU, NY HUT, NM: $800

  • Total Setup Package plus IFTA and IRP: $1050


 

Fix My Authority

Innovative Compliance makes processes involved in fixing your authority smooth and easy. Select the solution below that fits your needs:

  • Reinstate Your Authority: $160.00

  • Name Change: $160

  • MC Address Change: $75

  • Authority Undismissal: $75

  • Authority Cancelation: $75

  • Biennial Update: $75

  • USDOT Number Deactivation: $75


 

Additional Weight Distance Permits

Passing through or delivering in Kentucky, New York or New Mexico? Innovative Compliance offers quick and reliable service to customers securing additional permits required in these States.

  • Kentucky KYU: $75

  • New York HUT (Highway Use Tax): $99

  • New Mexico Weight Distance Tax Permit: $75

  • Combo Pack (NY HUT, NM WDT, KYU): $200

 

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