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 have Interstate Authority Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Interstate commerce is trade, traffic, or transportation involving the crossing of a State boundary.

Carriers not required to have operating authority:
  • Private carriers, "for-hire" carriers that exclusively haul exempt commodities (cargo that is not federally regulated),
  • Carriers that operate exclusively within a federally designated "commercial zone" that is exempt from interstate authority rules. Virginia/Maryland/Washington, DC is an example of a commercial zone, which is a geographic territory that includes multiple states bordering on a major metropolitan city. More information can be found at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.


Intrastate Authority

The Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Motor Carrier Compliance, on March 1,1999, implemented a new Motor Carrier Registration Program for Intrastate motor carriers.




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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.

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