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:
You must submit a Process Agent Filing. A process agent is a representative 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 and cargo 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 recommend an insurance carrier for you if you don't know who to call.
How Fast Can I Get My Own Authority?
Your requests for authority will be reviewed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and will be published as a preliminary grant almost immediately after we submit the electronic filing. The grant decision publication notices do not represent authority to operate. In the absence of opposition, authority will be issued within 20 days of date of publication provided the Process Agent filing has been submitted and your insurance company has filed proof of the required cargo and liability insurance.
How We Can Help.
We will file the application package for you electronically and obtain your DOT Number and MC Number and we will handle the Process Agent Filing. While the application is pending, we will keep you posted on the status of your application and check to confirm that your insurance has been recorded. We will also be available to help you in any way we can and answer any questions you might have during and after the application process.
How Much Will It Cost?
We will file the necessary application forms for you electronically for only $440.00. This includes the non-refundable filing fee of $300. It also includes the necessary Process Agent Filing. It does not include the cost of the cargo and liability insurance that you must obtain.
Should I setup an LLC first?
If you are planning on setting up an LLC for your business you can file for your authority before the company is formed but you want to be sure the name you want to use is available. We can help you determine this if you are in doubt. We can also help you get your company formed and coordinate that with your filing for your authority. We are affiliated with The Company Corporation and the link on the left will take you to their website where you can quickly determine the costs that are involved. You are welcome to call us 7 days a week and we will be happy to try to answer your questions.
Many Hot Shot operators do not setup a corporation or an LLC when they are just getting started and it is certainly not a requirement but you are putting your personal assets at risk so you may want to give this some serious consideration. There are also some tax advantages to having an LLC and you will probably be surprised at how inexpensive it is.
What else do I need?
You need to do a UCR Registration (Universal Carrier Registration). This is a step many new applicants 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 fined the first time they are stopped and checked.
We can handle this for $30 plus the filing fee which is $81.60 ($76.00 Tax + $5.60 processing fee) if you just have one or two trucks. The cost increases as your fleet size increases. For additional information about UCR, please check THIS PAGE.
If your CGVWR (Combined Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is over 26,000 pounds you must have a Class A CDL. This, in turn, requires that you get setup with a consortium for random drug testing.
In addition, if your CVWR is over 26,000 pounds you must also obtain an IFTA license and fuel decals for your truck(s) for payment of your fuel taxes and an IRP Apportioned License Plate for your truck(s) so your truck will be legally licensed in the various states.
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.
An added bonus.
When we help you to get your own authority, we want to help you to succeed so we will provide you with a FREE Premium Subscription for 1 YEAR to hotshotcarrier.com, freight-terminal.com, stepdeckcarriers.com and loadsolutions.com. Of particular interest is the shipper database on loadsolutions.com that you can use to find potential shippers in your home base area and any area you might go to on a regular basis.
Ready To Get Started?
You can call us between at 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM (eastern) at: 239-603-6080 daily (including weekends).
To access a form to provide us with the basic information we will need, please click the following link: Application Form