By Danny Cordova
Many Motor Carriers are beginning to receive letters and/or requests from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), for an MCS-150 form, along with a dead line to file the report. This is simply due to the fact that the FMCSA requires a “Biennial” update of your company’s information at least once every two years. This is not an insurance issue.
Notice your companies specific “PIN” in the upper right hand corner of the FMSCA letter. Use this PIN# to file your update on-line or fill out the application attached and mail in. If you choose to update on-line which is the easiest method, you will be asked for a credit card number for an electronic signature verification only. You will not be charged.
Make certain that all of the information you enter is exactly correct and do not check any boxes that do not apply to your operation. For those of you Hazmat Carriers, be very specific with the boxes you check as it will determine the level of insurance and/or filings you may or may not need.
Here is some more helpful information as well as links to the website;
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Overview The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registration process requires that companies define the type of business operation (Motor Carrier, Broker, Shipper, Freight Forwarder and/or Cargo Tank Facility) that they plan to establish. FMCSA’s responsibilities include monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) governing both safety and financial responsibility. The Agency’s focus on both concerns is reflected in the dual path of its current registration process. Companies may find that they are subject to both registration requirements—USDOT Number (Forms MCS-150, MCS-150A, MCS-150B)—and Interstate Operating Authority (Forms OP-1, OP-1(P), OP-1(FF), OP-1(MX), or OP-2).
FMCSA encourages all applicants with Internet access to use our online registration assistant http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/online-registration to determine all FMCSA registration requirements. For applicants without Internet access, FMCSA can mail instructions, forms, and other materials designed to assist in the off-line registration process; call FMCSA at 1-800-832-5660. These instructions assume that the applicant has determined that a USDOT Number is required and that the MCS-150 form must be submitted.