Thinking about getting your own trucking authority, but not sure where to begin? DAT's authority experts can help you navigate the paperwork and get your trucking business started fast.
If you’re looking to start your own trucking business, you likely know that there are countless regulatory hoops you need to jump through. All that paperwork can quickly become a hassle, but with DAT, taking care of your trucking authority checklist is a piece of cake. We handle the registration process and the paperwork — making sure you don’t pay for licenses you don’t need — so you can focus on running your business.
With DAT’s trucking authority packages, our team of experts will handle the paperwork so you can be sure that all your permits and forms are submitted on time. In fact, we’ve streamlined the entire approval process to get rid of any obstacles that might be in your way. We’re here to make sure you can get on the road fast and with confidence.
Most carriers don’t get trucking authority because they love doing paperwork, but the truth is that there’s more to moving freight than just transporting loads. At DAT, our experts keep up-to-date on industry, state, and federal regulations on everything from air emissions quality to weight standards to make sure you stay compliant.
Trucking authority is governmental permission to get paid to haul freight. It is also called operating authority or motor carrier authority (MC authority) and it is necessary before you can start your own trucking company.
Having trucking authority means you can be your own boss. It’s an opportunity for career growth that gives you full independence and can also come with a significant pay increase if you run your business well. It’s true that trucking authority comes with a lot of responsibility, but if you stay organized you can grow your company over time — hiring your own drivers and getting multiple trucks.
Before you can start your business, you have to get your trucking authority (permission given by the government that lets you get paid to move freight). Once you have your trucking authority, you can start operating under your own MC number or the DOT number that the Department of Transportation assigned to you. You also need to register for the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and apply for state-specific permits before you can begin your carrier business in earnest.
If you’re wondering how to apply for trucking authority, there are a few things you need to do before you can get on the road. First, you need to have experience. That typically means having a commercial drivers license as well as several years of experience working as a company driver. From there you can develop a business plan and determine how you want to structure your business, which will impact how your taxes and liability are determined.
Once you have a solid business plan and capital for your start-up expenses, DAT Authority can handle the paperwork for you.
It usually takes at least five to seven weeks to get through the state and federal approval process. The federal approval process alone can take around 16 business days. Add to that getting sufficient insurance policies, paying registration fees, and filling out BOC-3 process agent forms, and you’re probably going to have to spend a little longer waiting to get moving than you thought. It’s true that the process can take a while, but DAT makes getting trucking authority as simple and painless as possible.
The two numbers come from different administrations and serve somewhat different purposes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues your MC number. That’s the number that actually lets you cross state lines for hire while transporting freight.
On the other hand, the Department of Transportation issues your DOT number, which is the primary number used to track your company. It registers your truckers, drivers, and overall safety rating. However, unlike the MC number, the DOT number does NOT count as trucking authority.
DAT Authority comes in three different packages starting at $549 per year. That price covers your motor carrier number, your USDOT number, all of your federal fees, and your designation of process agents (Form BOC-3). You also get a month of free access to DAT’s best-in-class load boards and a 10% discount, so you’ll see firsthand how we can support your business as it’s getting off the ground. With DAT, there are no gimmicks or hidden fees. Check out our different packages and if you want more information feel free to request it here or call us at 866.265.3172.
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.