FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Road Ready Registration, Inc. has compiled the most commonly asked questions asked by our customers. These answers will assist you and your company towards understanding the process and what is necessary to operate as an intrastate or interstate carrier.

What is an ICC/MC#?

Is an authority to operate in interstate through multiple states.

What does FMCSA mean?

FMCSA stands for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They are the entity that manages the regulating authorities.

What is a Private Carrier?

A company that provides truck transportation of its own cargo.

What is a For – Hire Carrier?

A company that provides truck transportation of cargo belonging to others and is compensated for it.

Freight Forwarder vs Broker?

A Freight Forwarder is a company to provide the actual truck transportation.
A Broker is a company that arranges for truck transportation of cargo belonging to others, utilizing for hire-carriers to provide the actual truck transportation.

What does it mean to travel interstate?

Traveling interstate means to travel in multiple states.

What does it mean to travel intrastate?

Traveling intrastate means to travel in one state.

What is USDOT?

The USDOT number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections.

Who must file a MCS-150?

Any interstate/intrastate carrier who has a USDOT#.

How much insurance is required to drive a truck?

Depending on what type of carrier you are freight requirements are $750,000 minimum. For Brokers of Freight a Surety bond of $75,000.00 is required.

What is UCRA?

Unified Carrier Registration Act- this is a permit that you must have if you operate in interstate or international commerce. It is required to register your business with all participating states. This is a Federal requirement and you will get fined or shut down if this is not kept up to date. This is required to be updated yearly.

What is CA/ MCP?

This is a permit required for any commercial vehicle(s) that is to be operated in California whether it is used for intrastate or interstate operations.

What is EPN?

Employer Pull Notice program, established to provide employers of commercial drivers and regulatory agencies a means of promoting driver safety through ongoing review of driver records.

What is IFTA?

The International Fuel Tax Agreement is a cooperative agreement among states and provinces in the US and Canada. It is designed to simplify fuel tax licensing and reporting requirements for interstate motor carriers. This permit is renewed every year. If you have IFTA your mileage must be reported quarterly.

What is the New Mexico Permit?

This permit is required by New Mexico to accompany your IRP cab card and will allow you to travel through the scales of New Mexico without being fined. This permit is renewed every year.

What is the Kentucky Permit?

This permit is required by Kentucky to accompany your IRP cab card and will allow you to travel through the scales of Kentucky without being fined. This permit is non- expiring.

What is the New York HUT Permit?

New York State imposes a highway use tax (HUT) on motor carriers operating certain motor vehicles on New York State public highways. HUT is required by NY to be on file and will allow you to travel through New York scales without being fined. This permit is renewed every 2 years.

What is the Oregon WDT (Weight Distance Tax) Permit?

This permit is required by Oregon to accompany your IRP cab card and will allow you to travel through Oregon scales without being fined. An Oregon Bond is also required and monthly mileage reports with Oregon to stay in good standing. This permit is renewed every year.

What is CARB compliance?

This regulation requires diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to be upgraded to reduce emissions or install a particulate filter.

What is IRP?

International Registration Plan is a registration reciprocity agreement among the United States and provinces of Canada providing for payment of apportion able fees on the basis of total distance operated in all jurisdictions.

What is an IRP/ IFTA audit?

Collecting documentation or trip mileage log sheets or charts to verify actual fuel used and mileage reported to the state.

What is a 2290 and when is it necessary?

2290 is Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax is a fee assessed annually on heavy vehicles operating on public highways at registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 GVW.

What is the Electronic Logging Device (ELD)?

A device that automatically records a driver’s driving time, that facilities the accurate recording of the driver’s Hours of Service, that meets the technical specifications of the ELD rule, and that is integrally synchronized with the engine of the commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

What is Pre-pass?

Pre- pass is an automatic vehicle identification (AVI) system that enables participating transponder- equipped commercial vehicles to be pre-screened throughout the nation at designated weight stations, port- of entry facilities, and agricultural interdiction facilities. Cleared vehicles are then able to “bypass” the facility while traveling at highway speed, eliminating the need to stop, unless the driver is out of compliance in some way.

What is a BOC- 3 Filing?

A BOC-3 is a United States federal filing that designates legal agents upon which process may be served. It pertains mostly to individuals or companies in the transportation and logistics industry, and its often required before certain federal operating authorities can be granted within the United States. BOC stands for “blanket of coverage” and it typically assigns a person or business in each of the 50 US states to receive and forward legal documents.

A process agent is a representative upon whom court papers may be served in any proceeding brought against a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder. When all Unified Registration System (URS) provisions are implemented, every motor carrier (of property or passengers) shall make a designation for each state in which it is authorized to operate and for each state traversed during such operations. Before that time, only for-hire carriers are required to designate a process agent. Brokers are required to list process agents in each state in which they have an office and in which they write contracts.