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Currently, there are no such marking requirements that direct you on how to display either your MX number for the Mexico domiciled carrier or the MC number for the US carrier. All in all, your vehicle must be marked according to the 49 CFR 390.21 (a) under which your trade name or the legal name of the motor carrier and the identification number that has been issued by the FMCSA should be displayed preceded by the letters US DOT. In the case of the Mexico domiciled motor carrier, your US DOT identification number should be followed by the distinctive letter Z which denotes that you are operating in commercial zones, or the letter X which indicates that your operations are beyond the commercial zones. This depends entirely on the type of authority that your trucking company has received.
You will have to ensure that the name of the operating carrier is followed by the single trade name or the legal name of the motor carrier that is operating the self-propelled commercial motor vehicle and that should appear along with the identification number issued by the FMCSA to the motor carrier which should be preceded by the letters USDOT and that must be preceded by the words "operated by". This applies to you if the name of any other person appears on the commercial motor vehicle in the place of the name of the operating carrier.
If you are a broker and are registering for the first time, you have to apply for your trucker authority with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You must do it through the Unified Registration System. You will have to log in to the FMCSA official website and then follow the instructions as given by the guide. Or you can give all this responsibility to your third-party administrator or your service agent. This is a lot easier than doing everything on your own. You will be assigned your MC number shortly after that. You will then have to complete the application process and as a broker, you must take care of the following steps:
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The entire application processing fee will be $300 just like any other authority that you apply for. This is going to be a non-refundable fee and will be charged during the application process. The total processing time will be somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks
If you want to enter the US, you must have your USDOT number. If you are a Mexico domiciled carrier, you have two options. Firstly, you can apply for authority to operate within the commercial zones in the US. This means that you will have to acquire a certificate of registration which is also known as an OP-2 authority.
Secondly, you can apply for the authority of operations that allows you to work beyond the commercial zones in the country. This requires you to obtain a provisional operating authority which is also known as OP-1 MX authority.
Remember that each type of authority is going to have a different application process. There will be specific steps to follow and you will have to comply with all the requirements laid down by the FMCSA and any other US government body. Regardless of the authority that you apply for, as a Mexico domiciled carrier, you are not allowed to conduct any point-to-point operations within the US.
This time period is going to depend on the application that you have submitted. It also depends on the means through which the application was conveyed to the concerning body. This will determine how much time it takes for you to obtain your MX number or certificate of registration or USDOT number.
If your OP-1 MX application is complete, the average time that it will take to get processed is somewhere between 4 and 6 weeks. Once the application gets processed, as a carrier you are required to submit to and also pass a pre-authorization safety audit. This is called the PASA and it is a mandatory requirement the results of which get notified to the carrier along with the requirement under which they are directed to submit evidence of insurance to the federal motor carrier safety administration. Meanwhile, the information of the carrier gets published in the FMCSA register. After that, they have a 10-day protest. At the end of that period and when they have received the evidence of insurance and the BOC 3 list of process agents, the carrier receives the provisional authority.
At this juncture, it will become very difficult to ascertain how much additional time it will take for the entire process to complete. You should know that the entire process starting from the application to the issuance of the authority may take from a few weeks to a few months.
It is very easy to get your operating authority revoked voluntarily. You will have to follow the steps given below:
Alternatively, you can get in touch with your third-party administrator or service agent to do the needful on your half. This way the entire revocation procedure becomes faster and much easier.
The process of reinstating your trucking authority is quite simple. You will have to follow the steps given below:
You must also make sure that before you make any submission for reinstatement, you have your BOC-3 designation of process agents form with you. You must also have your financial responsibility or relevant insurance filing in place. You must also have your US DOT number up to date. Include an updated MCS-150 form along with your reinstatement request.
Reinstating your FMCSA authority is also very simple. You need to do the following for this:
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