Carriers, transporters and movers that operate for hire across state lines are required to have a Motor Carrier (MC) number and be USDOT (Department of Transportation) licensed, which is issued by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations and inspections. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number. They must also have a commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), which includes testing requirements for drugs and alcohol.
The regulations only apply to a mover when the mover transports your goods by motor vehicle in interstate commerce. In other words, they move from one state to the next. These regulations do not apply to those carriers who move items within a single commercial zone - defined roughly as a local metro area such as New York City or Dallas-Ft. Worth commercial zone.