Most county, state, and local governments require companies to have business licenses and permits
. If you are not already driving, you need a commercial driver's license (CDL) and driving experience. However, most owner-operators start as drivers, so you may have already completed this step. After getting that out of the way, you'll need business licenses and permits. You'll need the following:
- Motor carrier operating authority (MC) number: indicates the cargo a trucking company may carry and the type of operation.
- USDOT number: it identifies your company during audits and inspections
- International registration plan (IRP and International fuel tax agreement (IFTA): It's needed for companies offering services in multiple states.