What is the CA Number and MCP & Who Needs It?
A CA Number, also known as California Number, is a number issued from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and is necessary for identifying yourself as a California-based commercial vehicle. It is also a required item for obtaining a California Motor Carrier Permit (MCP).
The state of California processes your CA Number order within 1-5 business days. Once you use it to apply for your MCP, the MCP is usually issued in 3-6 weeks. Proof of insurance and the fees must be mailed in with the application to the state of California. The state of California charges $250 for the non-expiring MCP. If you operate vehicles that require a CDL, you will also be required to enroll into the EPN – Employer Pull Notification program as part of the process for the MCP.
All California based carriers with a GVW over 10,000 lbs. are required to have a CA Number and MCP. Out of state carriers who operate in California are not required to get a CA Number or MCP.