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FAQ - Truck Operating Authority

What are the requirements to start a trucking company in Oregon?


graphic of licenseRequirements for a new trucking company include establishing an account with the Oregon DOT, Motor Carrier Transportation Division.

A new motor carrier completes an Application for Motor Carrier Account -- Form 735-9075.

To register a truck to operate only within Oregon, the carrier completes an Oregon Commercial Registration Application -- Form 735-9691. 

To register a truck to also operate in other states and Canada, the carrier completes an Oregon Application for IRP and/or IFTA International Registration Plan - Schedule A International Fuel Tax Agreement-License Application -- Form 735-9908.

To haul for-hire from point to point within Oregon, the carrier completes an Application for Class 1A Permit -- Form 735-9745.

Regardless of the type of operation, an intrastate carrier is required to have proof of insurance on file with the Motor Carrier Transportation Division, required to belong to a drug and alcohol testing consortium, and required to file a highway-use tax bond or cash deposit. Visit the Division's Registration page for more about insurance and bonds. Visit the Division's Safety page for more about drug and alcohol testing. Interstate carriers are governed by U.S. DOT regulations regarding insurance. Review 49 CFR Part 387 for the Minimum Levels of Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers.

To apply for a U.S. DOT number and an MC interstate authority number, the carrier contacts the U.S. DOT. This can be done online at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Registration Web site. For more information, visit the FMCSA home site www.fmcsa.dot.gov or call the Oregon Division office in Salem at 503-399-5775.

If the carrier is a corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), or it's operating under an assumed business name, the carrier contacts the Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division. Visit the Division's Central Business Registry or contact the Oregon Corporation Division  by mail to 255 Capitol Street NE, Suite 151, Salem OR 97310-0210, or call 503-986-2200.

For more about Oregon registration requirements, visit the Motor Carrier Division's Web site for its Motor Carrier Education program Web site. Other information, including registration forms can be found at the Oregon Trucking Online site -- www.oregontruckingonline.com

Also, contact a registration analyst 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 503-378-6699.

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What do I need to haul property for-hire within Oregon?

 
graphic of truckOregon issues a Class 1A Permit that authorizes a motor carrier to haul property, except household goods, for-hire within Oregon. This permit requires a one-time fee of $300.

Class 1A Permit Application

Other than the restriction on hauling household goods, motor carrier with a Class 1A Permit are not restricted to hauling certain commodities. They can haul steel one day and logs the next if that's what they want to haul from point to point within Oregon in intrastate commerce.

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Does it matter if I want to haul property in a light truck?

 
graphic of pickup truckRegardless of whether they're using light or heavy vehicles, motor carriers hauling for-hire need to obtain a permit or certificate of authority to operate. An Oregon Class 1A Permit authorizes hauling property, except household goods. An Oregon Intrastate Certificate authorizes hauling household goods.

Trucks under 26,001 pounds are exempt from Oregon's weight-mile tax, but other regulations may still apply. Contact the Motor Carrier Transportation Division's 24-hour Service Center at 503-378-6699 to discuss this further with a customer service representative. Or visit the Motor Carrier Division's Web site for more information.

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What authority do I need to deliver furniture in Oregon?


If the furniture delivery service involves operating as a for-hire carrier delivering furniture from a retail store to a customer, a Class 1A permit authorizes a for-hire carrier to haul property (except household goods) within Oregon. A carrier who delivers furniture would be required to provide proof of cargo insurance and observe motor carrier safety regulations. In addition, if the vehicle used is over 26,000 pounds manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating, drivers will need a Commercial Driver License and they're subject to drug and alcohol testing requirements. Vehicles over 26,000 pounds gross weight are subject to weight mile tax, liability insurance filing, and highway-use tax bond.

Class 1A Permit Application

If a carrier wants to transport residential personal furniture and operate like a moving company, everything above applies except instead of a 1A permit the carrier must obtain a Household Goods Certificate of Authority. There is a $300 application fee for this certificate. Applications are subject to protest from existing, authorized moving companies. They may challenge the application and call for the applicant to show a need for an additional carrier providing service. The application may ultimately require a hearing before an administrative judge.

Application for Oregon Intrastate Certificate to Transport Household Goods

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What's needed to be an irregular route passenger carrier?

 
graphic of busIntrastate passenger carriers need a Class 1R Permit, issued by the Oregon DOT in order to provide a for-hire service carrying passengers in irregular route operations -- charter or special operations -- sightseeing tour operations, and/or seasonal regular route operations. The passenger service cannot be regular route, full-service scheduled in nature. That would require a Class 1P Certificate of Authority (Regular route scheduled means the transportation of persons between designated points over designated routes under time schedules that provide a regularity of services. Full-service means service that is offered during any part of more than 10 consecutive months in any 12-month period.)

Application for Oregon Intrastate Permit to Transport Persons (Except in Regular Route Full-Service Scheduled Transportation)

Certain for-hire passenger operations are partially or totally exempt from regulation by the Oregon Department of Transportation, including limousine service on an irregular route basis with eight passengers or less, passenger service solely within a city and within three air miles of the city, and taxi service in cabs seating five or less. But passenger carriers should check with the city and county in which the business is located because some require a business license, some regulate taxi, limousine, and tour businesses, and some impose city and county business taxes.

Contact Motor Carrier Division staff at 503-378-5985 for answers to other questions.

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What's needed to be regular route passenger carriers?

Passenger carriers need a Class 1P Certificate of Authority, issued by the Oregon DOT in order to provide for-hire regular route, full-service scheduled operations from point to point within Oregon, unless the carrier has interstate authority granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that encompasses those routes. Regular route scheduled means the transportation of persons between designated points over designated routes under time schedules that provide a regularity of services. Full-service means service that is offered during any part of more than 10 consecutive months in any 12-month period.
These services are subject to state economic regulation governing entry into the business and the rates that are charged for service. The application process includes notifying existing carriers with regular route, full-service scheduled operations because they have a right to "protest" the application and call for a hearing before an administrative law judge. The applicant would then be required to prove there is a public need for the proposed service.
 
Motor Carrier Division staff at 503-378-5985 can help determine if a company needs a Certificate, or read more about this in the Application for Oregon Intrastate Certificate.
 
Certain for-hire passenger operations are partially or totally exempt from regulation by the Oregon Department of Transportation, including limousine service on an irregular route basis with eight passengers or less, passenger service solely within a city and within three air miles of the city, and taxi service in cabs seating five or less. But passenger carriers should check with the city and county in which the business is located because some require a business license, some regulate taxi, limousine, and tour businesses, and some impose city and county business taxes.
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Who regulates brokers?


Brokers have not been regulated by the Oregon Department of Transportation since the mid-1990s, but they are regulated by the U.S. DOT. Brokers can visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and follow a Step-by-Step Registration Guide to get started.

Using this online registration and licensing system, brokers can obtain operating authority and have an MC number assigned to them (freight forwarders get an FF number).  They need to complete Form OP-1 and pay $300 to get a license to operate as a broker arranging the transportation of property or household goods using regulated carriers.

Brokers of property are subject to federal regulations in 49 CFR Part 371. A broker is defined as a person who, for compensation, arranges, or offers to arrange the transportation of property by an authorized motor carrier. Motor carriers, or persons who are employees or bona fide agents of carriers, are not brokers within the meaning of this section when they arrange or offer to arrange the transportation of shipments which they are authorized to transport and which they have accepted and legally bound themselves to transport.

For help with questions about brokers acting in interstate commerce, contact the Federal Highway Administration at 503-399-5749 (530 Center St. NE, Salem OR 97301).

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FAQs -- Other Subjects

 
graphic of question markThe Motor Carrier Transportation Division has created a number of pages like this with frequently asked questions about other subjects.

FAQ by subject -- a page listing all FAQs

Individual Pages
Citations 
Farm Trucks
Green Light 
Household Goods Moving 
Insurance
Over-Dimension Trucks 
Registration
Safety
Truck Taxes and Fees
Trucking Online


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