To search for a MC number, go to the SAFER FMCSA website and search by DOT number, MC number or company name.
You can also search on the FMCSA SAFER website under FMCSA Searches, click on Licensing & Insurance and enter in your company's information.
In the company shapshot can verify the following information:
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A motor carrier number is needed when:
The FMCSA operating authority can be identified as an "MC", "FF" or "MX" number based on what authority is granted. It's possible that your business may need multiple operating authorities.
Federal operating authority is required for all interstate motor carriers, regardless of size/weight of vehicle, providing for-hire motor vehicle transportation of passengers and regulated commodities. There is no minimum weight allowing operation without FMCSA authority; vehicles of any weight providing interstate for-hire motor carriage must comply.
There are several types of federal authority – for-hire carrier authority, for-hire passenger, broker, household goods carrier – the list goes on. The type of authority needed will depend largely on the type of motor carrier you are.
Private carriers, however, transporting their own goods in their own vehicles, in furtherance of a primary business other than trucking, and interstate for-hire carriers transporting commodities designated as “exempt” are not subject to federal operating authority.
Interstate for-hire motor carriers are issued a motor carrier number, also referred to as the "MC number". The MC number is issued with interstate operating authority, and is necessary before conducting interstate for-hire motor carriage. Federal operating authority requires no renewal; it remains valid as long as the carrier maintainer proper insurance and conducts business in compliance with Federal and State requirements.
An "Authority to Operate", also called an MC Number (MC, FF or MX) can be confusing to obtain. Many questions need to be addressed such as - who needs an MC number, what are the costs, what type of authority is needed or what are the application steps.
If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to register with the FMCSA.
If you are an exisiting carrier, you can add another MC authority type by applying online at FMCSA.
You can also contact one of J.J. Keller DOT experts to secure a MC number at 888-473-4638 or fill out the form below.