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What does having your authority do for you and how do you get one?

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If you want to operate as a Motor Carrier , you will need operating authority.  There are basically two kinds, Private and For Hire.

A construction company who has their own trucks and only hauls their own materials for their own jobs can just register as a Private Carrier.  They cannot " hire themselves out " to haul for others.

JB Hunt ( a nationwide for hire carrier) is a good example of a company that makes their living off of hauling just about anything for anybody.

All companies that run commercial trucks will need a USDOT number to be registered with the Feds.   The Red Cross is a Private carrier and while they are non-profit..they do have some large trucks.   They would only need a USDOT number.

A company like J.B  Hunt needs a USDOT number and a MC number which gives them the extra authority to be a for hire carrier.

As far as actually applying to get such an authority, you can go to the FMCSA.org website or there are a bunch of private companies that you can go to and they will do it for you.   Dot authority.com , getmyauthority.com , onehourauthority.com. And many more.

To operate Commercial Vehicles without the required authority can get very expensive if ( and when) you get caught.

I hope I have answered your question and presented it in a manner that is easy to understand.  

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Andy Blair

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Commercial Trucking regulations. DOT inspection information. Data Q challenges PA Traffic and Equipment Regulations Out of service criteria.

Experience

Police Officer 1986-2011 Weighmaster 1990-2011 DOT Enforcement Certified 1999-2011 Haz-Mat Inspector 2007-2011 Class A CDL Holder CDL Instructor

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Fraternal Order of Police ( life member)

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American Association of Service Professionals Newsletter

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Harrisburg Area Community College 35th Police Academy Community College of the Air Force PA certified 3rd party CDL tester.

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A number of trucking / transportation companies in PA and NJ

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