Start Up ServicesStarting your own trucking company requires preparation and planning because the trucking business is one of the most regulated industries in the country. The process can be complicated and takes much time and patience due to the many requirements and regulations.
Once you have taken the initial steps, like deciding on your business name and the legal entity, obtaining your CDL license, truck and trailer; securing the funds to obtain the necessary registrations, licenses, permits, etc., then you will need to get your business registered in your state. The process varies from state to state.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations mandated for New Entrants in the trucking industry, and prospective company owners need to stay compliant with the rules governing the industry.
You will need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Federal ID Number. If you don't have one, you can apply for online at irs.gov or contact a processing agency to take care of it for you.
- Step 1: Start process for FMCSA Authority
- Step 2: Application for IFTA fuel permits
- Step 3: Complete State Notification/Registrations Applications.
- Step 4: Obtain Insurance and file with FMCSA (and any state that requires Insurance filed)
- Step 5: Apply for Process Agents (BOC-3)
- Step 6: Verify insurance is on file and all permits are in place
Step 7: Once FMCSA Authority is granted, apply for Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)
1. Obtain USDOT Number. You can apply online at www.fmcsa.dot.gov or contact a processing agency.
2. Complete and submit application form(s) to FMCSA. Also referred to as Interstate Operating Authority, an "MC," "FF," or "MX" number.
3. Begin New Entrant Safety Assurance Program.
4. Obtain permanent USDOT registration. All first-time carrier applicants will be automatically enrolled in the FMCSA New Entrant Safety Assurance Program. New entrants are required to pass a safety audit and maintain acceptable roadside safety performance over an initial 18-month period before they are given permanent registration status.
5. Maintain USDOT Number and Operating Authority information.