A motor carrier permit is required of a company, individual or a private corporation to allow its motor carrier to move gear across the state or the country, whether for personal use or for profit. This article gives a simplified version on how to obtain this permit (which is if the reader does not already know, involves a lot of forms). There may be a form for a bill, a registration, a requirement, an exemption, etc.
A motor carrier refers to semi-trucks and buses while an auto carrier is a more specific type of motor carrier. Usually, this refers to auto racks or railroad cars, which are used to carry cars, vans and trucks.
When to secure a permit
Secure a state permit
This step varies with every state in the United States. In California, a group of forms should be passed to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) including DMV 706 MCP, DMV 65 MCP, an evidence of an existing Worker's Compensation insurance, etc. Mail these forms once obtained and filled in to the DMV or have them sent via email.
Secure a Department of Transportation number (DOT number)
This is applicable if vehicles are being used across several states or if the vehicles are being made to carry hazardous substances (even if traveling within a state). With a DOT number, the company shall follow federal carrier safety standard procedures and regulations as well as DOT regulations. Please see the DOT website for the general rules and regulations for applying a permit.
Secure a safe and working environment
Rather than just a requirement, this is a necessity to maintain the company's permit. Drivers shall undergo several seminars to drive a safety carrier; the company shall pay fees depending on the number of power units used as well as whether the vehicles are used privately or not. Carefully comply with these regulations to continue the operation as well as to maintain safety for the drivers, and the passengers/property.
- Seasonal Permits for For-Hire motor carriers. This type of permit lasts from six to eleven months (the usual permit lasts 12 months). Every extension of services will cost about $5.
- The permit fees are based on the number of vehicles during the time of application or during renewal. The company will not pay fees in-between even if the company has obtained a new vehicle during the whole 12-month period. Rather, additional fees will be paid by the end of this period.
Remember to maintain the motor carrier in tiptop condition. It is as important as the permit itself.