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What Are FMCSA And USDOT Numbers?

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When looking for a reputable and reliable shipping company, there are a number of factors that need to be put into consideration. Your research should also include finding out if the mover has FMCSA and USDOT numbers. This gives you the assurance that they are certified to operate by relevant authorities that govern their industry. Interstate movers are also governed by these rules. Professional movers such as A1 Auto Transport have the FMCSA and USDOT numbers and are willing to provide the information to clients who ask for this.

What are FMCSA and USDOT numbers?

Haulers and commercial vehicles transporting passengers must have a USDOT number and be registered with the FMCSA. You may have done your research while looking for a mover and realized that it is good to hire the services of a credible moving company which has these numbers. So, what exactly are these numbers?

The FMCSA number

The trucking industry in the US is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This agency’s main mission is to reduce road crashes, fatalities and injuries involving large trucks and buses.

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Depending on the type of authority that is granted by the agency, the FMCSA number is often identified as "OFF", "MC", or "MX" number. In general, companies that do the following are required to have these numbers:

  • Interstate commerce companies which transport passengers.
  • Companies which transport commodities that are regulated by federal law or commodities owned by their clients.

The FMCSA dictates the type of cargo a company may carry as well as the type of operation they may run. Therefore, a company that has various business operations may require multiple FMCSA numbers.

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The USDOT number

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) serves Americans by ensuring their transportation system is fast, efficient, convenient, safe and accessible. Their focus is to meet the vital national interest and enhance the quality of life of the American people

The following companies need this number:

  • Those that offer interstate operations and have commercial vehicles that transport passengers.
  • Those that haul cargo and are registered with the FMCSA.
  • Commercial intrastate carriers who transport hazardous materials that fall under the category of types and quantities that require a safety permit.

The USDOT is a unique identifier for moving companies. It is useful when collecting and monitoring a company's safety information acquired during inspections, audits, crash investigations and compliance reviews. Unlike the FMCSA number which may be issued multiple times, the USDOT number can only be applied once.

As a mover, it is important for you to make a safe and stress-free move. However, this all starts with making the right informed decisions. Do plenty of research when looking for an interstate mover. Among the factors that you should look into should include whether the mover has FMCSA and USDOT numbers. This gives you assurance that your property will be shipped by haulers who meet the required standards set by the authorities and that their vehicles have been inspected and deemed safe to operate.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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