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WHAT IS AN OPERATING AUTHORITY?

Operating Authority is the term used to identify a motor carrier’s legal right to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the United States. It can be referred to by a variety of terms, includingInterstate Authority, FMCSA Authority, Motor Carrier Authority or MC Number. There are three potential Operating Authority designations. They are:

COMMON, CONTRACT OR BROKER AUTHORITY (MC)

Persons or companies providing or arranging property, passenger or household goods transportation for a fee (i.e. for-hire) to the general public and/or shippers.

MEXICAN-DOMICILED AUTHORITY (MX)

Persons or companies providing or arranging transportation for a fee to the general public and/or shippers that are based or domiciled in Mexico.

FREIGHT FORWARDER AUTHORITY (FF)

Person or companies who take title of goods and specialize in managing storage, consolidation, warehousing, and shipping of those goods.

The FMCSA will designate a "MC," "FF," or "MX" prefix to each Operating Authority number, depending on the type of authority that is granted.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF AUTHORITY

When it comes to interstate transportation purposes, there are four different types of motor carrier (MC) operating authority. It is possible for a company to have more than designated type of MC authority. These types include:

CARRIER OF PROPERTY

A for hire motor carrier that transports regulated property owned by others for compensation.

PASSENGER CARRIER*

A for hire motor carrier that transports passengers for compensation.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS*

A for hire motor carrier that transports household goods (other peoples' personal belongings) for compensation (i.e. a moving company).

BROKER OF PROPERTY

A person or company that arranges or offers to arrange for transportation of property by an authorized motor carrier. Brokers do not assume responsibility for the cargo.

*FMCSA is currently taking 8-12 weeks to approve applications.

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