Curious about what’s involved in getting your freight broker authority? The experts at DAT Authority can help answer your questions and guide you through the process.
DAT Authority experts are well-versed in what it takes to get your freight broker authority. For an affordable rate, we ensure your paperwork is correctly prepared so you can avoid expensive delays. We also handle your federal fees, and offer different packages to meet the unique needs of your business.
If you’re wondering how to get freight broker authority, you can rest easy when you work with DAT. We’ll submit all your paperwork on time and ensure that your application is free from errors that could cause it to be rejected. Plus, with DAT Authority, you don’t have to worry about paying for registrations you don’t need.
Once your registration has been approved, you’re ready to start brokering freight! DAT’s load boards put the largest super database of loads and trucks in the industry at your fingertips. Post unlimited loads, search for trucks, and build your business connections — while we make sure your paperwork gets filed on time.
Broker authority is the permission granted by the government that allows you to facilitate load deliveries between shippers and carriers. Trucking operations and brokerages alike need to receive MC numbers before they can begin operations. Brokers also need to apply for an FF (or freight forwarder) number from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and a DOT number from the U.S. Department of Transportation).
Our broker authority package starts at $685. This covers all your federal fees, your USDOT number, your designation of process agents (Form BOC-3), and your motor carrier number, as well as your Unified Carrier Registration. The fee also includes a free trial of DAT load boards and a 10% discount if you decide to sign up. Request more information about DAT Authority here or contact us at 866.265.3172.
The usual turnaround time to receive your MC number is about five to seven weeks. Federal approvals alone require an average of 16 business days to complete. Though this may seem like a long time, the experts at DAT Authority dot the Is and cross the Ts so there are no sudden hiccups that could delay your approval.
After you decide on your business’s legal structure, you must apply for broker authority from the FMCSA. Then you select your process agents, who are your legal representatives in each state where you’ll be operating. After that, you’ll need to obtain a surety bond or trust fund of $75,000, which insures you in case of an accident. Then, all that’s left is to register your business with the UCRA, and finalize any relevant state or local paperwork. Once your office is set up, you’re ready to hit the ground running.
DAT Authority prepares all your paperwork, including whatever state registrations may be relevant to your brokerage. However, while we do cover your federal processing fees, we do not currently pay for state and local permits.
We do! The DAT One freight platform gives you everything you need to run your brokerage, including: load boards, lane rates, carrier monitoring, carrier onboarding, Broker TMS, load tracking, and more! Our Broker TMS is a transportation management system designed to streamline the backend of your operations so your team will be more efficient than ever at brokering freight. Pair that with integrations with our other services, and it forms the digital backbone of your freight broker business.
When you work with DAT Authority, we won't just help you file your paperwork - you'll also gain a trusted advisor to help get your business on the right track, fast and easy. Run your business with confidence - choose a DAT Authority package that best fits your needs, or give us a call at 866-265-3172.