An application for operating authority is Dismissed if the applicant fails to provide evidence of financial responsibility (proof of insurance) and a designation of process agent Form BOC-3 approximately 90 days from the date of filing of the application.
A dismissal is the equivalent of a rejection, and you have two options to proceed:
Submit an Appeal: If you have evidence that insurance was filed on time and the dismissal was made in error, you can choose to submit an appeal. Make sure to provide the necessary documentation to support your appeal.
File a New Application: You can file a new application for operating authority. You have the option to apply online or by sending the corresponding OP series form as applicable. Additionally, you will need to pay the appropriate fee of $300 per type of operating authority requested. Applications following a rejection/dismissal must be filed under the same USDOT and MC/FF numbers.
Important Note: Any subsequent applications following a rejection or dismissal cannot be filed via the Unified Registration System.
A process agent is a legal representative upon whom court papers may be served in any proceeding brought against a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder. Every motor carrier (of property or passengers) shall make a designation for each state in which it is authorized to operate and for each state traversed during such operations (using Form BOC-3). Brokers are required to list process agents in each state in which they have an office and in which they write contracts. Many commercial firms will arrange process agents in any state for a fee.
Carriers who operate exclusively in either Alaska or Hawaii need only designate a process agent in that state.
Mexican carriers operating in the Commercial Zone need only designate a process agent in the states they will be operating in.
A list of process agents can be found in the instruction packet accompanying an application or on our website.
For questions regarding transportation of hazardous materials, cylinders, scuba tanks, etc., please contact the The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
- Website: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
- Toll-free Number: 1-800-HMR-4922 (1-800-467-4922)
- Alternative Phone Number: 202-366-4488.
For the PHMSA regional offices, the site is: Offices | PHMSA (dot.gov)
For Hazmat Regulations and Interpretations, the site is: Regulations and Compliance | PHMSA (dot.gov)
To access HAZMAT regulations and interpretations, please see 49 CFR 171-185. (Note: This link is to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-cfr).
Yes, you will keep the same MC number if you change your name. However, you will not receive a new certificate or permit, but you will receive a re-entitlement decision which should be attached to your original operating authority.
For information on how to change the name on your operating authority, click here.
There are situations where a legal name change, ownership change or form of business change may require a new USDOT number. For more information, click here.
First-time broker applicants who don't already have a US DOT number or other operating authority must register online with the FMCSA via the Unified Registration System (URS).
If you already have a US DOT number and/or other operating authority, you must apply by submitting the OP-1 form to FMCSA until URS is fully implemented. Please note: on January 17, 2017, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice suspending the January 14 and April 14, 2017 URS effectiveness dates.
For more information on registering as a broker, click here.
After the MC Number has been assigned, to complete the application process, brokers must also take the following steps:
- For brokers of property: Proof of Insurance Coverage: a Surety Bond or Trust Fund Agreement (Form BMC-85) in the amount of $75,000
- For brokers of household goods: Proof of Insurance Coverage: a Surety Bond or Trust Fund Agreement (Form BMC-84) in the amount of $75,000
- Form BOC-3, Designation of Process Agent Form (brokers may designate themselves as their own process agents in the State in which they are writing contracts)
- Application processing fee: $300 (non-refundable)
- Application processing time: Approximately 4-6 weeks
Note: Effective October 2013 all bonds for brokers increased to $75,000.00.
Your best option is to renew them prior to the expiration date. If your certificate does expire, you must have a new medical examination and obtain a new medical certificate. You must then provide the State Driver Licensing Agency (SDLA) the new medical examiner’s certificate. You are also responsible for applying to FMCSA for a renewal of your variance. (§ 391.51(b)(8))
For a copy of the medical examiner’s certificate, see Medical Examination Report Form, MCSA-5875 in §391.43(f).
You can find contact information for your state’s driver licensing agency on the USA.gov website.
To search for a medical examiner, click here.
Yes. Beginning November 1, 2013, FMCSA is issuing a warning letter by mail to the address on file at least 30 days in advance of a biennial update deadline.
The Unified Registration System (URS) is a new electronic on-line registration system that will streamline and simplify the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) registration process and serve as a clearinghouse and depository of information on all entities regulated by the Agency, including motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants/holders, and cargo tank manufacturing and repair facilities. The URS will combine multiple registration processes, information technology systems and forms into a single, electronic online registration process.
Note: The initial phase of URS affected only new registrants (Dec. 12, 2015). Later phases will affect all regulated entities.
For more information, please see the October 21, 2015 Federal Register Notice.
On January 17, 2017, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice suspending the January 14 and April 14, 2017 URS effectiveness dates.
Either the applicant or process agent, on behalf of the applicant, can file Form BOC-3 (Designation of Process Agents) with the FMCSA. Only one completed form may be on file. It must include all states for which agency designations are required. One copy must be retained by the carrier or broker at its principal place of business.
For more information on filing form BOC-3 with the FMCSA, click here.
To update the company’s Legal/DBA name or phone number associated with your USDOT Number record, you can use one of the following options. Updating your USDOT Number record is free of charge.
Option 1: Online Update
Complete the process online using your USDOT PIN. You can find detailed instructions for the online process attached to this FAQ.
Option 2: Submit a Form
Download the appropriate MCS-150 form: MCS-150 (Motor Carriers), MCS-150B (Motor Carriers with HazMat Permit), or MCS-150C (Intermodal Equipment Providers). Once completed and signed, submit the form using one of the options below:
- Submit a ticket through our website at ask.fmcsa.dot.gov (scroll to the bottom of the page, complete the required fields, and upload your documents). This is the fastest option, and you will receive a confirmation number by email.
- Fax the form to 202-366-3477 or 606-330-3802.
- Mail the form using the instructions provided on the form. Please note that this option may result in a delay in processing, and we recommend using one of the first two options.
In some cases, a legal name change, ownership change, or change in form of business may require a new USDOT number. For more information on this, click here.
Please note that if you change the name associated with your USDOT number, it will not automatically update your MC number. You will need to go through the MC number name change procedure separately. However, if you change the name associated with your MC number, it will also be updated for your USDOT number. There is a $14 fee for an MC number name change.
Starting on January 30, 2012, when you:
- Apply for a CDL
- Renew a CDL
- Apply for a higher class of CDL
- Apply for a new endorsement on a CDL
- Transfer a CDL from another State
You will be required to self-certify to a single type of commercial operation on your driver license application form. Based on that self-certification, you may need to provide your SDLA with a current medical examiner’s certificate and show any variance you may have to obtain or keep your CDL. Source: 76 FR 70661
Insurance forms must be filed by the insurance company, not the carrier or broker. For information on how insurance companies can make these filings online, click here.
- Form MCS-82, Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond under Sections 29 and 30 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980
- Form MCS-82B, Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond under Section 18 of the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982
- Form MCS-90, Endorsement for Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Public Liability under Sections 29 and 30 of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980
- Form MCS-90B, Endorsement for Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Public Liability under Section 18 of the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982
- Form BMC-34 for proof of cargo liability insurance is used to make cargo insurance filings for household goods carriers with FMCSA. FMCSA do not provide these forms. The insurance company making the filing maintains their own supply of forms. Many insurance carriers are set up to make the required insurance filings with FMCSA electronically
- Form BMC-84 for broker surety bonds is used to make the bond insurance filing for the broker authority with the FMCSA. FMCSA does not provide these forms. The insurance company making the filing maintains their own supply of forms. Many insurance carriers are set up to make the required insurance filings with FMCSA electronically
- Form BMC-85 for broker trust fund agreements is used to make the trust agreement for the broker authority with the FMCSA. This form can only be completed by a financial institution (insured bank, commercial bank or trust company, agency or branch of a foreign bank in the U.S., insured institution of the National Housing Act, a thrift institution, a loan or finance company).
- Form BMC-91 or BMC-91X for proof of bodily injury and property damage (BI & PD) insurance are both used to make liability filings with the FMCSA. FMCSA does not provide these forms. The insurance company making the filing maintains their own supply of forms. Many insurance carriers are set up to make the required insurance filings with FMCSA electronically
For more information about insurance requirements and filings, click here.
An Intermodal Equipment Provider (IEP) is a person or entity that makes intermodal equipment available to motor carriers for interchange. Additional information and responsibilities are identified in 49 CFR section 390.40 of Subpart C.
The term “intermodal equipment” refers to trailing equipment (mainly Intermodal containers, chassis but can also include trailers) used in the transportation of cargo by highway in interstate commerce.
An example of an IEP is someone who provides a container chassis to move containers when they come off either a ship or rail. An IEP may provide a chassis which will move the container to a motor carrier or provide the chassis for the intermodal movement.
To register with FMCSA as an IEP, go to the Unified Registration System (URS).
Note: If you are transporting intermodal equipment, it does not mean you would register as an IEP. In this case your entity type would be motor carrier.
To learn about other entity types, check out our How To Identify Entity Types video.
An entity may report a Transfer of its Operating Authority when there has been a change in ownership, management, or control of the company and the new owner intends to keep the existing Docket (MC/FF/MX) number. However, there are some instances where an entity may be able to report a Name Change for its OA instead of a Transfer.
If one of the below applies to you, you would need to report a name change to FMCSA:
- Adding, removing, or changing ownership between immediate family members. This change may be due to death, divorce, marriage, etc.
Note: Immediate family members include husband/wife, son/daughter, and brother/sister.
- Removing existing partner’s name from the legal business name listed on the authority. For example, changing from John Smith and Jane Smith to John Smith.
- Adding/removing company officer’s information (i.e., due to new management).
- For any of the above, you may be required to submit additional documents such as copy of death certificate, divorce certificate, marriage license, or notarized letter.
An FMCSA customer service representative will contact you if this is the case.
However, if you are Transferring (selling) your operating authority to a non-immediate family member/non-related person (i.e., cousin, aunt/uncle, grandparent, distant relatives, or friend), then you would generally report a transfer of operating authority.
Note: There are situations where a legal name change, ownership change, and/or form of business change may require a new USDOT number. For more information, click here.
If you need further assistance, please contact us at 1-800-832-5660 or via our Ask FMCSA page.
If the amount of insurance on file with FMCSA needs to be raised or lowered, please send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following information (preferably on company letterhead):
Name of company
Request to raise or lower the insurance, and the desired amount
Signature of the requestor
Once that change has been requested, FMCSA insurance specialists will process it in our systems, provided that it reflects the amount of insurance you are required to have on file based on your type of operation.
For more information about FMCSA insurance requirements, click here.
Yes. You can dissolve a partnership with an existing MC number by submitting a notarized letter signed by both partners requesting that the partner be removed from the existing authority.
If the partners cannot agree who should keep the existing MC number:
- They should both file a new application with the required fees and get new MC numbers
- They should request that the existing MC number be voluntarily revoked. See the FAQ “How can I suspend or put my operating authority (MC number) on hold?”
A broker or freight forwarder who knowingly engages in interstate brokerage or freight forwarding operations without the required operating authority is liable to the United States for a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 and can be liable to any injured third party for all valid claims regardless of the amount (49 U.S.C. 14916(c)). The penalties and liability to injured parties apply jointly and severally to all corporations or partnerships involved in the transportation and individually to all officers, directors, and principals of these business forms (49 U.S.C. 14916(d)). Under 49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(3), a broker of household goods (HHG) who engages in interstate operations without the required operating authority is liable to the United States for a civil penalty of not less than $25,000 for each violation. Source: 78 FR 54720.
To report such a violation, click here to contact the National Consumer Complaint Database.
An exempt for-hire motor carrier transports exempt (unregulated) property owned by others for compensation. The exempt commodities usually include unprocessed or unmanufactured goods, fruits and vegetables, and other items of little or no value.
For a partial listing of exempt and non-exempt commodities, please refer to Administrative Ruling 119.
For information about who needs an MC number, click here.
If you are a motor carrier based in Mexico and plan to operate beyond the commercial zone in the United States, you must register with FMCSA by completing the appropriate forms: MCS-150, OP-1MX and BOC-3 Forms.
To download the forms, click here.
Please note the online FMCSA registration process is not available for these type of operations at this time.
More guidance for Mexican carriers is here.
Carriers who transport exempt commodities under part 387, subpart A are still required to maintain proof of financial responsibility on a designated form, the MCS-90, under 387.7(d), but the form is not required to be filed with FMCSA. Pursuant to 387.9, a for-hire property carrier is required to maintain a minimum level of $750,000. The only other reason you could be exempt from the minimum financial responsibility requirement is if you are not operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (i.e., your vehicles are less than 10,001 lbs.). Otherwise, you should have the appropriate documentation of financial responsibility.