Call us at (765) 742-2610 for Operating Authority
Exempt from Operating Authority Requirements:
Operating Authority Requirements: To obtain Operating Authority, you will need a USDOT Number, register for the BOC-3 List of Process Agents and carry Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance. For Operating Authority / Common Authority, you will also need Cargo Insurance to cover the value of any cargo you will be carrying. The time span for the application for Operating Authority is around 21 days. When applying for Operating Authority, a USDOT Number is required. In the application process, a Docket Number will be issued, but Operating Authority will not be granted until the Feds have the items they need for the Operating Authority. Once Operating Authority has been granted, a letter of authority will be issued to carry in the truck or trucks. Once your Operating Authority has been granted, registration for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) process will be required. Once you have your Operating Authority, you will go through a New Entrant Carrier Safety Audit process. Typically, a member of the State Police, Motor Carrier section will visit you and spend 3 - 4 hours going over all the items concerning Safety you need to have in place as a Motor Carrier that has been issued Operating Authority. Within these items concerning safety are 16 Critical Items that need to satisfy the Safety Auditor. If you fail any of these 16 Critical Items, you will fail the Safety Audit. If you fail the Safety Audit, your Operating Authority will be taken away from you and you will lose it. We are told that half of the truckers that go through the interviews will fail the Safety Audit because they do not have all 16 Critical Items in place. You just need to fail one of these 16 Critical Items and you lose your Operating Authority.
Time Scale for the Application for Operating Authority: The process of obtaining your Operating Authority usually takes between 21 and 24 days, but can take much longer if there is a delay in submitting the required documentation. If the application for Operating Authority is submitted and payment is made with a credit or debit card, and proof of liability insurance and the BOC-3 List of Process Agents is submitted on a timely basis, the Operating Authority application process will take 21 - 24 days to complete. If a check is used to pay the Feds for the application for the Operating Authority, the process could take several weeks as the check has to clear your bank before the process starts. When the Feds in Washington receive copies of the insurance forms for your Operating Authority, 7 days are added to the date the forms were received before Operating Authority could be granted. Whichever comes last - the 21 day application process, or the 7 day time period after receipt of the insurance forms is when Operating Authority will be granted.
Operating Authority Docket Number: When you apply for Operating Authority, you will be assigned both a USDOT Number and a Docket Number (you may already have a USDOT Number, in which case this number will be used for the application process). This Docket Number will be used as a reference number during the application process. Once you have been granted Operating Authority, this Docket Number will then be used as your Operating Authority number. Once your Operating Authority has been granted, you can legally start hauling loads. Be careful when you start hauling loads. Make sure you have the Letter of Authority (or a copy of the Letter of Authority) with you in your truck, as some scale-masters may penelize you if you cannot show them this letter. If you apply for Operating Authority / Common Authority, this letter is called a Certificate of Authority. If you apply for Operating Authority / Contract Authority, the letter is called a Permit. When your Operating Authority is granted, your letter of authority will take 7 - 10 days to reach you at your mailing address. Again, you will need this letter, or a copy of this letter in your truck to start hauling loads. Many scalemasters do not consider you have Operating Authority unless they can actually see this letter. We can arrange for this letter to be faxed to you either on the day your Operating Authority is granted, or by the following day.
Personal Injury / Property Damage Liability Insurance required in the Application for Operating Authority: In the application for Operating Authority, if the weight of the loaded vehicle, or the combined weights of both the power unit and the trailer is 10,000-lbs or less and you are hauling non-hazardous loads on a For-Hire basis across state lines, you are required to carry a minimum of $300,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance when you are granted Operating Authority. If you are applying for Operating Authority with a truck with a GVWR of 10,001-lbs or more, or a power unit pulling a trailer with CGVWR of 10,001-lbs or more hauling non-hazardous material, for the application for Operating Authority, you are required to carry a minimum of $750,000 in Personal Injury / Property Damage liability insurance. With Operating Authority involving hazardous loads at any weight, you will be required to carry between $1 million and $5 million in liability insurance.
Cargo Insurance required for Operating Authority: When an application for Operating Authority with Common Authority is made, you are required to carry a minimum of $5,000 in Cargo Insurance. In reality, you will need to have sufficient cargo insurance to cover the value of the cargo at the time an application for Operating Authority is made. When an application for Operating Authority / Contract Authority is made, you are not required to show proof of Cargo Insurance. You may be hauling sand, gravel, stone etc across state lines and may not need cargo insurance. If you have a dedicated contract with one shipper who will provide cargo insurance on the loads, Contract Authority can be applied for. Otherwise you will need Common Authority in the application for Operating Authority
New Entrant Safety Audit with the application for Operating Authority:
When you apply for Operating Authority, you will be required to go through a New Entrant Safety Audit. After submitting the application documents for Operating Authority to Washington, the USDOT will send you a letter asking you to make a call to (888) 877-2181. When you make that call, you will need to give them your USDOT number, or MC number associated with the application for Operating Authority. The USDOT will then contact the state Police, Motor Carrier Division and let them know you have called them about the Safety Audit. Somone from the State Police, Motor Carrier Division will then call you and set up a time and date for a New Entrant Safety Audit.
New carrier entrant audits look for “deadly sins”
Under the new rules a carrier automatically fails if an auditor finds a single occurrence of these violations.
The Name of Your Operating Authority: Before you apply for Operating Authority, you need to have a name to use for your Operating Authority. There are several ways you can name your trucking business and Operating Authority. The basic way is to have your name as the business name. You can also add a d/b/a (Doing Business As) to your name, and have this d/b/a name showing on the signs on your truck after you get your Operating Authority. If you go this route, most states require you to register the d/b/a name at your local county courthouse or county offices. In the process of applying for your Operating Authority, the d/b/a name needs to be entered. Your insurance policy associated with the application for Operating Authority needs to also show your name followed by the d/b/a name, otherwise there will be a conflict in the application process and the application for your Operating Authority will be held up until both the full application name and the insurance policy name match exactly.
To become an LLC or to Incorporate for your Operating Authority: The name you use for your OperatingAuthority can be your personal name, your personal name followed by a d/b/a name, or you can become a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Incorporate when you register for Operating Authority. You need to Incorporate or register as an LLC before establising your Operating Authority. If you apply for your Operating Authority before incorporating or becoming an LLC, this may create problems if you use the LLC name or Corporate name in the application for your Operating Authority as the name may already be registered with the Secretary of State. First register the LLC / Corporate name with the SOS and then apply for Operating Authority. Briefly, by becoming an LLC or Incorporating, this sets up a limited amount of liablity protection for your personal assets. This will not neccessarily protect your Operating Authority business from liability (beyond the liability amounts covered by the Personal Injury / Property Damge liability insurance amount registered with your Operating Authority), but it may protect your personal assets from a liability lawsuit. Before applying for Operating Authority, you will need to register the LLC or Corporate name with the Secretary of State and obtain an EIN Federal Identification Number (we can do this). The name you choose for you trucking business and Operating Authority needs to be a unique name that is not already registered with the Secretary of State. If you want to go this route, we should be able to register the Operating Authority name and get you a Federal ID Number. Again, this needs to be done before the application for Operating Authority starts. There is something else to consider when doing this. If you already have a USDOT Number in your personal name, do you want to assign this USDOT Number to the LLC or Corporate name when you apply for Operating Authority, or do you want to get a different and separate USDOT Number for the LLC or Corporate name when you apply for your Operating Authority. If you already have an IRP license plate in your name from the IRP office, the plate was issued in both your personal name and a USDOT Number associated with your personal name. The two go together. By assigning this USDOT Number to the new LLC name or Corporate name when you apply for Operating Authority, you will be moving the USDOT Number from one legal entity (you, and your Social Security Number and/or personal Federal ID Number you use for your 2290 Federal Highway Use Tax) to a different legal entity (the new LLC or Corporate name with it's own new EIN Federal ID Number when you apply for Operating Authority). This could cause a problem with your IRP license plate. If you decide to use the same USDOT Number you currently have associated with your personal name and assign it to the LLC or Corporate name, you will no longer have a USDOT Number assigned to your personal name, and you need this number in association with your IRP license plate. In short, the IRP office could demand the license plate back from you without compensating you for the unused portion of the license plate, and insist you apply for a new IRP plate in the LLC or Corporate name when you apply for your Operating Authority. the answer is, of course, to get a new USDOT Number in the LLC or Corporate name in the application for Operating Authority, and keep the current USDOT Number in your personal name. Boy, that's a mouthful! Call us and let's see what we can do to get you Operating Authority and possibly register you with the Secretary of State and get you an EIN Federal Identification Number. By the way, we can process and take your 2290 Federal Highway Use Tax to the IRS for you. Call us for a Federal ID number, register with the Secretary of State, apply for a USDOT number and Operating Authority.
Emloyer Identification Number (EIN) / Federal Identification Number used with your Operating Authority: You will probably need an EIN number for your Operating Authority. In addition to the EIN number for your Operating Authority, you will need this EIN - Employer Identification Number to file the 2290 Federal Highway Use Tax. Most owner-operators who have trucks registered with license plates 55,000-lbs or above have a Federal ID Number to file their annual 2290 Federal Highway Use Tax. If you are going to establish an LLC or a Corporation for your Operating Authority, you will need a separate EIN number from the EIN number you may have in your personal name for the LLC or Corporation as these are different legal entities than you. You may need the same EIN number, or you may need a different EIN number for your Operating Authority. Call us.
IRP / Apportioned License Plate needed with Operating Authority: In the application for Operating Authority, you will probably cross state lines. When you apply for Operating Authority and your van, Pickup truck, pickup truck and trailer combination, truck, truck and trailer combination are all 26,000-lbs or under when loaded, you will not need an Apportioned / IRP license plate. Once you have your Operating Authority, if you have a 3-axle truck that will be crossing state lines at any weight, you will need an IRP / Apportioned license plate for this truck. Again, once you have your Operating Authority, if you have a truck, or a truck and trailer combination at 26,001-lbs or heavier, or a semi-tractor and trailer crossing state lines, you will need to register for an IRP / Apportioned license plate. If you want to go on your own, you will need to apply for Operating Authority as most states require you to either be a Private Carrier, For-Hire Carrier hauling exempt commodities, For-Hire Registrant leased to a trucking company, or a For-Hire Carrier with your own Operating Authority before issuing an IRP plate.
IFTA / International Fuel Tax Agreement Needed with Operating Authority: With the application for Operating Authority, you will probably be crossing state lines. If you have an IRP / Apportioned license plate to cross state lines, you will also need to register for IFTA fuel tax. The list of IFTA fuel tax offices is down the left side of this page. Once you have your Operating Authority and have signed up for IFTA fuel tax, the state will require you to file quarterly IFTA fuel tax reports. We can do the quarterly IFTA fuel tax filings for you. Call us for the application for Operating Authority and, once you are registered for IFTA, we can set you up with the reporting schedule. Once you have your Operating Authority and are starting to haul loads, the state will require you to keep accurate records of all trips made during each quarter with your truck or trucks. Again, if we register you for Operating Authority, we can send you trip sheets you can use that will double as records for both the IFTA fuel tax reporting and for your IRP license plate renewals each year.
Weight - Distance Tax State Registrations Needed with Operating Authority: When you get your Operating Authority, you may need to go into one or more Weight - Distance Tax states. They are New York, Kentucky, New Mexico and Oregon. Again, if you are applying for Operating Authority, you may be traveling into any one or more of these Weight-Distance tax states.
In Addition to Operating Authority, Intra-State Trucking Authority: In addition to obtaining Operating Authority for hauling loads across state lines, you may need Intra-State Trucking Authority to pick up and deliver loads inside your home state. Look at your home state below to see if you will need Intra-State Trucking Authority for your home state, or for the state next door. Call us if you need that authority.
For Individual State DOT Information and Intra-State Trucking Authority:
IFTA FUEL TAX