How do I know if a carrier has the appropriate licensing and insurance?

Created by admin on Fri, 04/20/2018 - 21:33

How do I know if a carrier has the appropriate licensing and insurance?Users can view a carrier's or broker's licensing and insurance information in the licensing and insurance table on the new Safety Measurement System (SMS) display. This table lists the types of interstate operating authority a company has, such as property, passengers, household goods (moving companies), or broker.A carrier or broker must provide the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with proof of insurance to have “Active For-Hire Authority.” Private carriers (i.e., carriers that only carry their own items and are not for hire) do not need to provide FMCSA a copy of their insurance.Users can see if the carrier or broker has provided evidence of insurance for “Active For-Hire Authority” by checking the “Minimum Insurance on File” column. When SMS displays the following message: “U.S. DOT# (XX) has no current for-hire operating authority with FMCSA,” the carrier is not eligible for For-Hire operations.Below is a sample licensing and insurance table from the new SMS display. More detailed licensing and insurance information can be obtained from FMCSA's Licensing and Insurance system (http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/).Licensing and Insurance as of 4/15/2013Active For-Hire AuthorityMinimum Insurance On File?TypeY/NMC#PropertyYes12345YesPassengerNo  Household GoodsNo12358NoBrokerYes12589Yes 

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