MC Update

What is MC Number Update?

An MC Number stands for a Motor Carrier number. It is a number that allows carriers to cross State lines and it also allows the government to track freight brokers through their system. The docket number is assigned to motor carriers engaging in interstate or foreign operations. It consists of the prefix and the numbers that are issued sequentially as carriers are registered in the system.


What is Operating Authority (MC number) and who needs it?

In general, companies that do the following are required to have interstate operating authority (MC number) in addition to a DOT number:

  • Operating as for-hire carriers (for a fee or other compensation)
  • Transporting passengers, or arranging for their transport, in interstate commerce
  • Transporting federally regulated commodities or arranging for their transport, in interstate commerce

As of December 12, 2015, all entities applying through the Unified Registration System will obtain a USDOT number.

FMCSA operating authority is also referred to as an “MC,” “FF,” or “MX” number, depending on the type of authority that is granted. Unlike the USDOT Number application process, a company may need to obtain multiple operating authorities to support its planned business operations. Operating Authority dictates the type of operation a company may run and the cargo it may carry. Mexico-domiciled carriers may click here for information on registering with FMCSA.


Who Needs an MX Number?

If you are a Mexico-domiciled motor carrier that crosses the U.S Border, you must have a valid FMCSA assigned MX number along with, a valid FMCSA Certificate of Registration for commercial-zone operations, or long-haul Provisional or Standard Operating Authority Registration, and a USDOT number regardless of the distance traveled into the U.S.

How long does it take to get an MC Number?

If you are a new applicant, you must apply via the Unified Registration System (URS). You can apply for a USDOT Number and MC Number at the same time. In case you already have a USDOT Number and you have access to your USDOT Number account, you must only apply for an MC Number. However, if you don’t have access (pin) to your USDOT Number account, you can get MC Number in a paper version which will take approximately 1 hour.

If you are activating your MC Number, you need to file a BOC – 3 form and insurance filings with the FMCSA. Only after both will be on file with the FMCSA, they will process the Operating Authority application and activate your MC Number in 3-4 weeks.

With DOT Control Authority it will be simple for you to comply with the FMCSA regulations in every way. You can check up on the status of your application by calling our office. Our representatives will always provide you with updates and all the information you need. Our work is fast and professional, and all your DOT matters will be taken care of. We will be happy to hear from you!