What to Know About the Necessary Commercial Vehicle Licensing Requirements

Every state has requirements for commercial transportation licensing that helps to keep trucking companies and freight forwarders regulated on the roads. Truckers, public livery, freight forwarders, and others all have some form of governmental licensing requirements, which means that trucking companies are bound to certain guidelines to keep them safe.

If a trucking company does not follow the requirements, they would be opening themselves to serious Federal and State fines which will effectively put them out of business. Here is a quick overview of some of the basic requirements for trucking and freight companies when it comes to licensing and permit requirements.

Interstate Trucking and Intrastate Trucking

There are plenty of differences between intrastate and interstate trucking and the professionals who drive those distinct routes. And regulation between the two is no different.

Trucking professionals who are hauling for hire with interstate travel are required by law to apply for a permit with the Department of Transportation and FMCSA. In doing this, truckers will also need the information (DOT & MC #’s) marked on their vehicles.

Intrastate truckers are required, depending upon State rules, to apply for a permit with their respective state. Each state has its own unique criteria, but most states have adopted the Federal guidelines when it comes to truck insurance issues. Trucking companies need to have truck insurance in place in order to meet the guidelines.

Many States are  using the DOT inspections for interstate carriers to monitor the safety and truck insurance aspects of the intrastate truckers. For truckers doing both intrastate and interstate shipments, a state and federal permit would be needed to operate.

Public Livery Operators

Public livery operators, such as bus drivers, limo drivers and taxi operators, are regulated in the same way as truckers are above. These types of drivers are treated differently as their operations are completely different and may be under more intense monitoring than trucking professionals. There are higher requirements for auto liability insurance than for truckers.

Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarders have a specific requirement to obtain a freight forwarder permit from the DOT and FMCSA if they are moving freight interstate or internationally. There are various bonds that may be required, which depends on what activities are being performed.

Regardless of interstate or intrastate, trucking or public livery, requirements are there to keep driving professionals, their companies and the general public safe, not to mention complete the services and tasks at hand for clients. It’s important to know the basics of what’s expected and to consult with the right truck insurance provider to help with understanding the requirements.

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