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Motor Carrier

Truckstop.com can help you get the motor carrier authority
you need to start moving on your own!
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Having your motor carrier authority can be a big step in your trucking career. It means you’ll get your own government motor carrier number, allowing you to operate your trucking business entirely on your own. You can even hire drivers to work under you, growing and expanding your business. But the process of getting your authority can be tedious. Truckstop.com is here for you every step of the way. Once we help you get your authority, we’ll even help you find the high-paying loads you need with two free months of our Load Board Pro service, a $298 value.

  • Streamline your application process.
  • Cut through the paperwork and registration requirements.
  • Fill out your forms completely and accurately on the first try.
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Detailed, unlimited searches

Free load boards almost always have a catch. Maybe you’re only allowed to conduct a few searches. Or maybe you can only search for available loads by lane. This can take a lot of time and energy as you try to figure out whether a particular load is right for you. With the Truckstop Load Board, you don’t have to play guessing games. You’ll have unlimited searches and the ability to filter results to find the best loads according to your needs.

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Federal Only


Includes two months free of Truckstop.com Load Board Pro
(a $298 value).


Federal & State


Includes two months free of Truckstop.com Load Board Pro
(a $298 value).



Includes two months free of Truckstop.com Load Board Pro.
(a $538 value)

Federal Only


Federal & State


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Streamline your application process.

Getting your motor carrier authority is a complicated process filled with government regulations. We can guide you through each step, making sure you complete the correct forms and get everything submitted as quickly as possible.

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Cut through the paperwork and registration requirements.

Whether you need federal authority alone or federal and state authority, we’ll help you cut through the maze of paperwork and focus on just what you need to do. Save time and energy by letting Truckstop.com lead the way.

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Fill out your forms completely and accurately on the first try.

Government paperwork means a lot of forms, and even minor mistakes could delay your application. At Truckstop.com, we’ll make sure your documents are complete and accurate, from permits to BOC-3 agent contracts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Motor carrier authority is legal permission from the government to transport freight. If you don’t have motor carrier authority, you’ll have to operate under someone else’s authority- or not operate at all. This could mean becoming a company driver or an independent contractor. With motor carrier authority, you can find your own loads, set your own rates, hire others to work under your authority, and operate your business as you see fit, making your own decisions as you go.

Applying for motor carrier authority is a detailed process. Steps include:
  • Fill out an OP-1 or OP-1(P)form.
  • Complete a BOC-3 form.
  • Fill out an MCS-150 and a Safety Certification application.
  • Receive your DOT number.
  • Apply for a UCR permit.
  • Pay your heavy vehicle use tax fees.
  • Set up an IRP account.
  • Create an IFTA account.
  • Pass a drug screening and complete a two-hour controlled substance training program.
  • Enter the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program.
  • Successfully pass a mandatory audit sometime during your first 18 months.

Getting motor carrier authority has several legal requirements that must be met. Among other things, you will need a USDOT number and designated BOC-3 agents. We will walk you through the entire process and ensure that nothing is missed.

Motor carrier authority has several upfront fees that can vary by state. At Truckstop.com, our flat rates start at just $695 and includes two free months of of the load board so you can get moving right away.

If all that sounds like a lot, it is! And those are just the federal requirements. Your state may have additional hoops for you to jump through. Let Truckstop.com help. Our easy-to-understand, streamlined carrier authority application is the first step. We’ll take you through the entire process, minimizing your paperwork and ensuring that your application is right the first time. And don’t forget, once you have your authority, you’ll need to find loads to keep your trucks rolling. When using us to help get your authority, we also include two months of our Load Board Pro service, a $298 value to help you get started and grow your business.


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