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Are you considering starting a trucking company or transportation business in California? Then you will need a California CA number, must obtain a Motor Carrier Permit, and a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Number as well.


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What is a California CA number?

CA number is a unique number assigned by the California Highway Patrol. It helps the CHP to identify a carrier. California Based motor carriers are required to have a California CA number. According to Department of Motor vehicles,  a motor carrier permit is a document issued by the DMV’s Registration Operations Division. The permit is issued by the motor carrier as evidence of the registration with the DMV of their Carrier Identification number (CA#), as required by CVC Section 34620.

Additionally, the permit verifies the motor carrier has met all of the statutory requirements to commercially operate motor vehicles on California’s highways. The permit contains information specific to the motor carrier (e.g., name, mailing address, CA#, and effective/expiration dates of the permit).

The Motor Carrier Safety Unit also issues California Carrier Numbers (CA number) for those commercial vehicle operators within the nine Bay Area counties. When applying for a CA number, allow for ten working days after the Unit receives the application to issue a number

Who Needs A MCP?

The following types of drivers and/or vehicle operation require an MCP:

  • Any person or business entity that is paid to transport property in their motor vehicle regardless of vehicle size, type, or weight.
  • Entities that transport property for compensation are deemed a ‘for-hire’ motor carrier.
  • If you are a courier service and your vehicle is a motorcycle, you are required to have an MCP.
  • Generally, any person or business entity operating a commercial vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds or more. This includes commercial and private use.
  • Entities operating vehicles hauling personal goods or property are deemed a ‘private’ motor carrier.
  • Operators of any vehicle or a combination of vehicles transporting hazardous materials.
  • Operators of a combination of a motor truck and trailer, semitrailers, pole or pipe dollies, auxiliary dollies, and logging dollies, that exceeds 40 ft in length when coupled together.
  • Operators of any motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicle and trailer for which the operation requires a commercial driver license.
  • Note: Operators pulling camp trailers, utility trailers, and trailer coaches do not need an MCP.

    What is Form MC 65M filing?

    An MC 65M filing is a certificate of insurance that must be sent to the California DMV as proof that you carry the required level of Liability insurance. Its from your insurance provider.

    Who Doesn’t Needs A MCP?

    • Vehicles operated by household goods and/or passenger carriers as defined in Section 5109 of the Public Utilities Code (those vehicles operate under Public Utilities Commission authority)
    • Vehicles operated by household goods carriers to transport used office, store, and institutional furniture and fixtures when operated under a household goods carrier permit issued pursuant to Section 5137 of the PUC.
    • Pickup trucks with a GVWR of less than 11,500 pounds, an unladen weight of less 8,001 pounds, and equipped with a box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length, when operated in a non-commercial manner.
    • Utility trailers, camp trailers, or trailer coaches, or trailer designed to transport watercraft.
    • Vehicles providing transportation of passengers only, a passenger stage corporation transporting baggage and express upon a passenger vehicles incidental to the transportation of passengers.
    • Vehicles used only for personal use and are 10,000 pounds GVWR or less.
    • Two-axle daily rental trucks with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds when operated in non- commercial use.
    • Vehicles which are exempt from vehicle registration fees.
    • Motortrucks or two-axle truck tractors, with a GVWR less than 16,001 pounds, operated singly in noncommercial use (this provision is valid only until January 1, 2016).

    Motor Carrier Permit

  • The Motor Carrier Permit (MCP) is issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    • In-State Carriers
    • A commercial vehicle operated only within the state of California must obtain a Motor Carrier Permit, a CA number, and a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Number as well.

    • A motor carrier who operates only within the state of California must obtain a “motor carrier of property” permit from the Motor Carrier Services Branch, MCP Operations Unit of the Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Out-of-State Carriers
    • Some out-of-state carriers must obtain a Motor Carrier Permit and a CA number in addition to the U.S. DOT number to come into California.

    • An out-of-state motor carrier must obtain the MCP if Both delivering AND picking up loads in California and is subject to the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005 (UCR) requirements
    • Proof of liability insurance.
    • Proof of workers compensation insurance (if applicable)
    • Possession of a carrier identification (CA) number issued by the CHP
    • Possession of a Requester Code Number
  • Renew your MCP by calling (800)498-9820, Items that you’ll need including:
    • Valid email address that you can access.
    • CA #, Name and Address of MCP holder as they appear on the MCP.
    • Valid bank account for Electronic Funds Transfer payment (eCheck).