Freight Broker Authorities & Permits
US DOT/ MC Number
A US DOT number identifies carriers operating in interstate commerce while an MC number identifies a carrier who transports regulated commodities for hire in interstate commerce. Generally, items that have been changed from their natural state are regulated commodities requiring an MC number
EIN (Employer Identification Number)
The Employer Identification Number, also known as the Federal Employer Identification Number or the Federal Tax Identification Number, is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service to business entities operating in the United States for the purposes of identification.
UCR (Unified Carrier Registration)
The UCR fees are simply fees carriers pay to allow them to operate in U.S. interstate commerce. On-road enforcement is checked electronically by using your USDOT number. UCR renews every 31st of December and the fee is based on number of trucks in the fleet.
Regulations governing the designation of persons upon whom process may be served are prescribed at 49 CFR 366, as amended. An agent must be designated for each state in or through which the carrier, broker, or freight forwarder operates; each person, association or corporation designated must reside in the state for which designated; a carrier, broker or freight forwarder may designate himself/herself for the state in which he/she resides.
A BMC-85 is a trust fund that typically requires brokers to pay a full $75,000 into the fund and are unable to access afterwards. There are a few similarities between these options. Both fulfill the FMCSA requirements and protect customers in case you fail to fulfill your obligations as a freight broker