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What do I need to do to reinstate my motor carrier operating authority (make my MC number active)?

You need to request reinstatement of the motor carrier operating authority (to become active). The cost is $80. The exception for this is if you are a passenger carrier that has been put out-of-service for being an “imminent hazard” or due to a final unsatisfactory safety rating (“UNSAT/UNFIT”). In this case, you may not request a reinstatement; you must re-apply for operating authority using a paper OP-1 application and paying the $300 application fee again:

Please note that before you request reinstatement, you need to have specific insurance and legal process agent documents in place. Please see our Insurance Requirements website for more information.

There are several ways to request a reinstatement:

All reinstatement requests must include:

  • MC number
  • Legal name of the carrier
  • Person’s name or company name on credit card or check/money order
  • Billing address of the credit card (if paying by credit card)
  • A phone number where you can be reached
  • E-mail address if available

Please note that if you wish to request a name change as well as a reinstatement, please request the name change first, to avoid additional time and expense.

Payment options (no reinstatements can be made until payment has been received):

  • If you request reinstatement online, you must pay the $80 fee via credit card as part of that process
  • If you request reinstatement by e-mail, fax or mail you have the following options for paying the $80 fee:
    • Credit card payments must include the following information attached to the reinstatement request:
      • Name of card-holder
      • Card number
      • Address of card-holder
      • Phone number/e-mail address (if any) of card-holder
      • Expiration date
    • Check or money order payable to FMCSA sent separately from your e-mail/fax:
      • The mailing address for a check or money order is:
        Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
        P. O. BOX 530226
        Atlanta, GA 30353-0226
      • The address for overnight express mail payments is:
        Bank of America
        Lockbox Number 530226
        1075 Loop Road
        Atlanta, GA 30337

Last Updated : September 2, 2014