New applications for your own authority that are submitted through the Unified Registration System (URS) take 20 to 25 business days to process. Meanwhile, truckers using U.S. mail carriers typically get a response after 45 to 60 days. Expect an eight-week delay (or longer) if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) subjects your application to further review.
While the entire application process takes several months to finish, the FMCSA staff keeps applicants posted regularly. They will never leave you in the dark. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to check the status of your operating authority application:
Processing your operating authority should take one to three months, although submitting the necessary paperwork right from the get-go streamlines the procedure. Also, don’t shy from contacting the FMCSA. Their hotline (800) 832-5660 is open from 8:00 A.M to 8:00 P.M. daily to take any concerns or queries you might have.
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