Interstate Authority

Also referred to as an "MC","FF" or "MX" number, depending on the type of authority that is granted. Generally, "for-hire" carriers engaging in interstate commerce are required to abide by the Interstate Authority Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA).

Carriers not required to have operating authority:

Private carriers, "for-hire" carriers that exclusively haul exempt commodities (cargo that is not federally regulated), and carriers that operate exclusively within the federally designated "commercial zone" are exempt from interstate authority rules. Virginia/Maryland/Washington DC together are an example of a commercial zone, which is defined as a geographic territory that includes multiple states bordering on a single major metropolitan city.

More information can be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Authority

Interested in obtaining your own operating authority? Interstate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation involving either the vehicle, its passengers, or cargo crossing a state boundary. Intrastate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation within a single state.

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Intrastate Authority

Also referred to as an "MC","FF" or "MX" number, depending on the type of authority that is granted. Generally, 'for-hire' carriers engaging in interstate commerce are required to have Interstate Authority Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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