The Most Common Moving Company Credentials, Explained
As a consumer, you place a lot of faith in the moving company you hire. You’re letting them into your home, allowing them to handle your most precious belongings, and trusting them to get everything to your new home on time and in one piece. So how do you make sure the company you choose is worthy of such an important responsibility? One of the key ways to immediately weed out the good companies from the bad is by checking to make sure the company has a few common moving licenses. Here are three any company you hire should be able to readily provide, and why each is so important.
US DOT Number:
A US DOT number is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for all businesses that operate commercial trucks or vehicles in excess of 10,000 lbs or that transport goods across state lines, criteria that almost all moving companies will meet. Many states, including Florida, where Orange Movers operates, require that any commercial vehicle obtain a US DOT number as well. Ensuring that your mover has this license proves that the business is responsible and committed to abiding by the regulations set forth by the FMCSA.
Besides a US DOT number, the FMCSA also requires any companies that operate as for-hire carriers, like moving services, to obtain a Motor Carrier, or MC number. The process of obtaining an MC number requires businesses to provide their federal EIN number, DUN and Bradstreet registration, an active USDOT number, and the names of all company officers, which all serve as proof that the company is legitimate.
The American Moving and Storage Association is a private organization that provides additional operating criteria and regulations for the moving industry. AMSA members agree to be licensed and insured, compliant with Federal Regulations, and maintain acceptable BBB ratings.
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