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Understanding Passenger Carrier Regulations

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Does your organization or business transport people by bus, van or limousine?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) constructed this online resource page to help advise organizations and businesses that may provide interstate passenger transportation services. The resources listed here allow organizations and businesses to learn more about federal passenger carrier regulations, and determine if these regulations apply to them.


See the fact sheet to determine if federal passenger carrier regulations apply to your organization or business. 


See the following tip sheets for these specific transportation services:

Hotel-Related Transportation

Employer-Related Transportation

Education-Related Transportation

Faith-Based Organization-Related Transportation

Multi-Modal Passenger Transportation

*This is not an all-inclusive list of transportation services that may fall under federal passenger carrier regulations.


Review FMCSA’s published Interpretive Rule about the applicability of the Agency’s regulations and requirements to various types of passenger transportation:

Interpretive Rule


Submit questions via the form found here.

NOTE: Nothing on this website affects the rights and duties of any person under applicable provisions of law and regulation. This website is not intended, and should not be construed, to create any right, benefit, claim or defense, whether substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, its officers, or its employees.