MC Authority

Logistics Term

What’s MC Authority?

Also known as MC number, MC authority is an interstate operating authority and a unique identifier given by the FMCSA to transport companies operating across state lines. Once you apply for the MC authority, it takes about 21 days to become active. So before you hire a shipping company, it’s essential to ask for their MC authority to verify they’re licensed to offer that type of service. A transport company without MC authority should be a big red flag because it means they’re not qualified to offer the services or even recognized by the government. 

The government uses MC authority to stay informed about the company’s safety records, such as compliance reviews, registration status, crash investigations, inspections, and ratings. That means by searching for the MC authority on the FMCSA website; you can see the number of accidents a company has been involved in and the area they’re allowed to operate, among other important information.

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