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I perform both for-hire and private motor carrier operations. Will I be able to operate once I get my USDOT number?

Once you have your USDOT number, you will be able to operate as a private motor carrier. You will not be able to operate as a for-hire motor carrier until you have operating authority (an active MC number). 

To get operating authority you must complete the appropriate motor carrier operating authority forms (OP-1 series) and submit them to FMCSA for processing.

  • Online: You can begin the online registration process for an MC number on our web site. This process requires a credit card
  • By mail: Once you have completed the OP-1 form you must print the completed form and mail it to the address indicated on the form
  • Request the form by phone: You can call 800-832-5660 to have a form mailed to you. Once you have completed the form, you can mail it to the address indicated on the form

There is a $300 fee for each operating authority requested. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU APPLY FOR THE CORRECT TYPE OF MOTOR CARRIER OPERATING AUTHORITY. THE $300 FILING FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

Last Updated : April 2, 2014