A motor carrier permit is a document issued by the DMV’s Motor Carrier Permit Branch. The permit is issued to the motor carrier as evidence of the registration with the DMV of their CA number (California Identification), as required by CVC Section 34620.

Who needs a permit?

  • Any person or entity who is paid to transport property in their motor vehicle not taking into account of vehicle size or weight (For-hire carrier).
  • Any person or entity operating a motor vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 10,001 pounds or more. Also, for business purposes to transport their own property (Private carrier).

What is a motor carrier number?
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.

Can the DMV suspend an MCP?

  • Failure to comply with CSAT requirements of federal law.
  • Failure to make copies of CSAT results and other records available to CHP.
  • Knowingly leasing, operating, dispatching or otherwise utilizing vehicles from a carrier whose motor carrier permit is in suspension. Also, when the suspension deals with mostly or in part on the failure of the motor carrier to maintain any vehicle in safe operating condition.
  • Failure to be registered in the EPN program.
  • Suspension and/or revocation of an owner-operator’s driver license.
  • Failure to maintain liability and/or worker’s’ compensation insurance.

What happens if I operate as a motor carrier of property without an MCP?

Operating as a motor carrier of property without an MCP is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than three months, or both. CHP may also confiscate and impound your vehicles.