An operating authority enables you to haul freight as a legitimate entity recognized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Owner-operators need varying permits. The different authority types include motor carrier of property/household goods, broker of property/household goods, and U.S.-based carrier of international cargo/household goods.
Navigating between the different carrier authority types can feel a bit intimidating. Luckily, we can help. Use our quick guide below as a starting point on the most common operating authorities that truckers use:
Overall, determining when to stop leasing and start applying for an operating authority is crucial to the success of any owner-operator. Operating authorities serve as the cornerstone of any thriving trucking business. Registering as an owner-operator enables you to take total control over your daily operations and treat your business like a legitimate company.
Do you plan on running your trucking business yourself? Assured Standard can help you get started. Check out our helpful piece explaining the basics of an independent owner-operator insurance policy.
Arthur Williamson graduated with a degree in Business and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He is knowledgeable about what small and big businesses require to keep operations moving.