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Matrix of FMCSA Required Forms

The following three tables will help new U.S. and Canada-based carriers determine which FMCSA forms a company is required to complete:

The Matrix Explained

In the tables, the various forms are displayed under the registration function they support.

  • Obtaining a USDOT Number (Forms MCS-150, MCS-150B) or
  • Obtaining Operating Authority (Forms OP-1, OP1-(P) or OP1-(FF))

Applicants must submit all the forms indicated to complete the registration process. Boxes marked with an "X" under the corresponding classification indicate required forms. If several categories apply to an operation, all indicated forms must be filed, but only a single form of any type needs to be submitted.

The tables do not address the registration requirements for new Motor Carriers headquartered in Mexico who wish to operate as interstate carriers within the United States. All Mexico-based motor carriers should visit the appropriate New Entrant page (in Spanish or English) to determine which forms must be filed to meet FMCSA registration requirements.

The nature of a company's business may subject it to multiple operation classifications, so selections should be made carefully. Detailed instructions for completing all registration forms are available for download from the Registration and Licensing Forms page, or by calling FMCSA at 1-800-832-5660 to have them mailed.

Interstate Commerce

Classification

USDOT Number

Operating Authority

 

MCS-150

MCS-150B

OP-1

OP-1(P)

OP-1(FF)

Motor Carrier NOT requiring a Hazardous Materials (HM) Safety Permit

For-hire carrying Property

X

 

X

  

Exempt For-hire

X

    

Private carrying Property

X

    

Private carrying Passengers (business and non-business)

X

    

For-hire carrying Passengers

X

  

X

 

Motor Carrier requiring a Hazardous Materials (HM) Safety Permit

For-hire carrying Property

 

X

X

  

Exempt For-hire

 

X

   

Private carrying Property

 

X

   

Private carrying Passengers (business)

 

X

   

Private carrying Passengers (non-business)

 

X

   

For-hire carrying Passengers

 

X

 

X

 

Other

Broker

  

X

  

Freight Forwarder

    

X

Shipper only (hazmat or non-hazmat)

None

Intrastate Commerce

 

USDOT Number

Operating Authority

 

MCS-150

MCS-150B

OP-1

OP-1(P)

OP-1(FF)

Motor Carrier NOT requiring HM Safety Permit

See below*

    

Motor Carrier requiring HM Safety Permit

 

X

   

Shipper only (hazmat or non-hazmat)

None

* In select states (see list on the USDOT Number page) all registrants of commercial motor vehicles, even intrastate and non-Motor Carrier registrants, are required to obtain a USDOT Number as a necessary condition for commercial vehicle registration.

Non-Commerce

Classification

USDOT Number

Operating Authority

 

MCS-150

MCS-150B

OP-1

OP-1(P)

OP-1(FF)

Vehicle Registrant only 
(issued vehicle license plates and registration but will never operate these vehicles as a Motor Carrier under its own operating authority)

X

    

Cargo Tank Facility

X

Required to register by following the requirements of CFR 49 Part 107 Subpart F

Updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014