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Get Your Own Carrier Authority

What Is Required?

All new entrant Motor Carriers must submit an application package to obtain both a DOT Number and an MC Number.

After the initial application has been submitted, before the authority will be granted:
  • A BOC-3 Blanket Agent listing must be filed. This is a representative agent in each state upon whom court papers may be served in any proceeding brought against a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder.
  • Your insurance company must file proof of liability insurance.
How Much Insurance Is Required?

The FMCSA minimum requirement for insurance is for $750,000 of liability insurance. The requirement for cargo insurance was eliminated in the spring of 2012. However, from a practical standpoint, most shippers and brokers will require that you have $1,000,000 of liability insurance and $100,000 of cargo insurance before they will even consider using your services. We can usually recommend an insurance carrier for you if you don't know who to call.
How Fast Can I Get My Own Authority?

As long as you get your insurance recorded no later than 10 business days from when your motor carrier application is submitted, your authority will be issued on the 15th business day.
How We Can Help.

We will file the application package for you electronically and obtain both your DOT Number and MC Number the same day we file and we will handle the Process Agent Filing. We will be available to help you in any way we can and answer any questions you might have before, during and after the application process. We are available for you 7 days per week so getting an application started or questions answered on a weekend is not a problem.
How Much Will It Cost?

We will file the necessary application forms for you electronically for only $525.00. This includes the filing fee, the necessary BOC-3 Process Agent filing and access to the following 4 loadboards for one year FREE:
Hopefully these loadboards will help you to get started. Our Load Solutions site will be of special interest to you as it has a huge database of shippers throughout the country. This can be extremely helpful in your home area because you are a local carrier. You can also use the database to find shippers in areas where you need backhauls on a regular basis.
Should I setup an LLC (Limited Liability Company)?

Setting up a corporation or an LLC is in an option you should seriously consider because it can protect you from personal liability if something bad happens. If you are planning on setting up an LLC for your business you can file for your authority at the same time the LLC is being formed.

If you decide to form an LLC company, we can help you determine if the name you want to use is available before you file for your authority. We can also answer questions you may have and we can also help you get your company formed and coordinate that with the filing for your authority. You are welcome to call us 7 days a week and we will be happy to answer your questions.
What else do I need?

You need to pay the UCR (Universal Carrier Registration) tax for the current year. This is a step many new carriers miss because it is not required to get their authority and they simply don't know about it. They usually find out the hard way by getting a $300 fine the first time they are stopped and checked.

We can typically handle this for you a day or two after we file for your motor carrier authority and your company is in the computer system. The cost is $130 for 1 or 2 trucks. The cost increases in steps as your fleet size increases. This registration must also be done at the end of each year for the following year.
Additional information.

If your combined GVWR is over 26,000 pounds you must also obtain an IFTA license for payment of your fuel taxes unless you register the vehicle at 26,000 pounds or less. HOWEVER, if you cross a scale and you weigh over 26,000 pounds you can be in serious trouble. The thing you have to keep in mind is that e the shippers declared weight is not the correct weight so you always want a cushion. If you think you are even close to this limit, be sure to get checked at a public scale. Better to be safe than sorry.

Please check the "VITAL INFORMATION" tab on our navigation bar above for more information on various important subjects you need to be knowledgeable about if you are planning to get your own authority.
Ready To Get Started?

Please take a few minutes and fill out the application form below. It gives us the basic information that is needed and eliminates the chance of spelling errors that can develop if we take the information over the phone.

Application for Motor Carrier Authority

Shown below is an application that will provide us with basic information that is needed to file for your authority.

After completing the form, please contact us at 239-603-6020 or 239-603-6500 so we can review the information and get some additional information that is needed. We also need the credit card information when you are ready to have us file for your authority. If there is information requested below that you don't have, or, your are not sure of, just leave the field blank. We can get the information when you call us.

AUTHORITY: The cost to obtain your authority is $525. This includes a new DOT and MC numbers, the filing fee, the BOC-3 and access to the following 4 loadboards for one year FREE:

Hopefully these loadboards will help you to get started and help keep you busy.

UNIFIED CARRIER REGISTRATION: The day after we file for your authority, we can generally take care of the UCR registration for you if you want to get it out of the way. You can delay this filing until you are ready to start operating but it is important that you don't forget it as it is something enforcement officials always watch for. The cost is $130 if you have one or two trucks. The cost goes up in steps as your fleet size increases

EXPEDITED SERVICE: If you would like a copy of your license the morning it is issued, we can setup an expediting service to provide you with a PDF copy of your MC license the morning it is approved so you don't have to wait another 7 to 10 days for your license to arrive in the mail. The cost for this expedited service is $45.

Type of Authority:/
UCR - (Unified Carrier Registration):
Expedited Service:

Your Name:
Your Title:
Your Phone Number:

Applicant 1: Name and Title
Applicant 2: (Optional)
Name and Title
Email Address:
Full Business Name:
Type of Business:
State of Incorporation If_Applicable: 
Business Phone:
Cell Phone:
Business Fax:


Street Address:
Zip Code:

Street Address:
Zip Code:

Number of Trucks Owned or Leased:
Number of Trailers Owned or Leased:
Combined GVWR:
How Many Drivers:
How Many will have CDL:

(For 1 Year Free Access to Our Loadboards)


NOTE: Please call Bill Dove at 239-603-6020 after you hit the send button. I need to review the information with you and obtain some additional information before filing for your authority.


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