Private carriers who are moving their own cargo, “for-hire” carriers hauling commodities that aren’t federally regulated, and carriers operating in a federally designated commercial zone are not required to have operating authority. the building blocks for carrier selection when moving interstate freight include an active DOT number and active FMCSA operating authority. Doing an MC number lookup on the FMCSA’s Licensing and Insurance website validates active authority status and provides visibility as to whether the carrier has sufficient Bodily Injury Property Damage (BIPD) insurance on file, and which insurance provider writes the coverage.

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