Buckle up, fellow road warriors! Navigating the FMCSA authority application is like a wild road trip—full of surprises and unexpected turns. In this blog post, we're spilling the beans on the undercover steps the government doesn't shout from the mountaintops. Get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the timeline and the top-secret 5 steps to activate your authority. Let the adventure begin!
DO NOT IGNORE YOUR 'DECISION' LETTER FROM THE FMCSA
About a month after you apply for your authority the FMCSA will mail you (not email but come to your actual physical mailbox) a Decision letter. DO NOT IGNORE THIS LETTER!
Growing a trucking business has its fair share of challenges. Business owners that make the right decisions at the right time have the greatest chance of success. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been driving in the trucking industry; if you don’t know how to operate a company, you will not succeed. So, what can you do to grow your trucking business?
Get your finances in order
Thinking of filing a name change? There are a few things you need to know before taking any action.
1. If you're a corporation and want to change your name be sure you AMEND your current articles of incorporation with your Secretary of State office. If you start a whole new account with the SOS you may be required to obtain a new DOT #. This will increase your insurance premiums.
2. If you're a sole proprietor and want to incorporate you WILL get to keep your current DOT #.
3. If you are a corporation and wish to downgrade to a sole proprietor you will NOT get to keep your DOT #.
If your scenario is not listed above call us so we can check with the FMCSA first.
Watch the video below and we'll discuss the details once you file for your name change. It's always best to hire this out, as simple as it may seem, to ensure all the pieces fit together perfectly.
There is a chance of the FMCSA inactivating your account if something is missed. Don't let that happen to you!
Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Name Change Application: https://www.evilsizor.co/name-change.html
Check your status here: http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist
Contact our office if you have any questions. Our number is 303-482-2965.
Did you get revoked this month by the FMCSA? There have been a number of carriers and brokers revoked because there was no BOC-3 on file. There are 2 reasons why this happened.
1. The FMCSA did a sweep of account who were active but didn't have a BOC-3 on file. Here is a sample letter that was mailed out to each carrier affected by this issue.
2. Your BOC-3 provider may have gone out of business.
Rest assured we are NOT out of business and still going strong after 31 years.
According to Jeff Secrist, the Chief of the FMCSA, there are many factors involved in this process. They are working to improve the FMCSA system. The BOC-3 system is one that needs to be overhauled. There is no history recorded anywhere as when a BOC was filed, removed and filed again. It's either there or it's not.
The only time we ask the FMCSA to remove a BOC is if the terms of service was not upheld or the credit card was disputed after the BOC was filed. Otherwise the BOC stays on the account as long as the authority is active.
Watch this 9 minute video and I'll explain more.
I would recommend you subscribe to our DOT-Shield monthly monitoring program. This would give you another set of eyes on your account to catch issues like this. We monitor the MC account, DOT account and UCR every month. Then we provide you with a summary via email.
Watch the video first and then decide which service you would like to choose if this is your case.
1. File the BOC-3
2. Need assistance with the entire reinstatement process (which includes the BOC-3)
Let my office know how we can help!
Everyday, hundreds apply to the United States Department of Transportation for a USDOT number to provide transportation services within the United States.. This applies to all surface and sub-surface transportation, interstate and/or intrastate. MOST individuals today applying for a USDOT number DO NOT know the difference between interstate and intrastate.
Did you know that ALL MC/FF/MX accounts filed with the FMCSA needs a BOC-3?
We file the BOC-3 form every day for many carriers and brokers with the FMCSA and are even one of the oldest BOC-3 companies in the US! In fact we've filed over 100,000 forms in the last 29 years!
The most frequent question I receive is...WHAT IS A BOC-3?
Did you just apply for your own authority and wondering...now what? You're not alone. This process sounds simple in the beginning and then you begin to realize there are so many pieces how will you possibly put this all together!
Well you're in luck! I'm here to share with you your next step!
Here's what the FMCSA doesn't tell you!
Hi! I've been working in this industry for over 32 years. I've learned a lot and want to share it with you to help you keep this process simple!