What Is The Difference Between USDOT Numbers and MC Numbers?
A USDOT Number is a unique interstate operating authority assigned by the FMCSA to all interstate movers. An MC Number is another interstate operating authority given by the FMCSA in addition to a USDOT number. Moving companies transporting passengers or federally regulated commodities across state lines are required to have MC numbers.
What Is a USDOT Number?
A USDOT number (U.S. Department of Transportation number) is an interstate operating authority and unique identifier assigned to a moving company performing interstate moves by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). The government uses this number to keep track of a moving company’s safety records such as registration status, compliance reviews, ratings, inspections, crash investigations, and more. This information is made public and easily accessible on the FMCSA website.
What Is an MC Number?
An MC number (Motor Carrier number) is also an interstate operating authority and unique identifier assigned by the FMCSA to moving companies operating in interstate commerce, in other words hauling cargo across state lines. However, while all interstate movers are required to have and display a USDOT number on their commercial carriers, not all moving companies need an MC number. What is the difference between USDOT numbers and MC numbers? The types of movers required to get them.
Who Is Required to Have a USDOT Number?
All moving companies operating commercial vehicles hauling cargo or transporting passengers across state lines must be registered with the FMCSA, have a USDOT number, and comply with Federal Regulations.
Who Needs an MC Number?
Some interstate moving companies need an MC Number in addition to a USDOT number. Moving companies that operate as for-hire carriers transporting passengers or federally regulated commodities across state lines also need to obtain an interstate operating authority MC number. For-hire carriers that only haul cargo that is not federally regulated typically aren’t required to have an MC number.
Moving companies that transport goods across state lines will typically have a USDOT number, an MC Number, or both. For instance, our Twin Cities moving company, USA Family Moving, displays both our USDOT number (USDOT 3076240) and MC number (MC 64858) on all our moving trucks.
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