My application is filed and I have been given my MC Number. Can I begin interstate operations?
Unfortunately, no. Every brand new MC Number must go through a mandatory protest period before the FMCSA activates it for use. Additionally, there are many other requirements that must also be in place before someone can legally operate using their MC Number.
To successfully activate the MC Number and begin interstate operations, the FMCSA requires every new authority to complete a 21-day protest period. You must also have a valid BOC-3 on file as well. Finally, your insurance company will be required to file proof of insurance with the FMCSA, and the insurance coverage limits must meet the minimum requirements for the authority category you fall in. You have up to 90 calendar days to purchase a qualifying insurance policy and have your insurance company file proof of coverage. If insurance is not on file within that time frame the FMCSA will automatically dismiss your application and you will have to reapply and repay the $300 fee.