Truckers have a ton of regulatory hoops to jump through at all times. The amount of filings that truckers have to complete is huge, and it’s hard to keep everything straight. It doesn’t help when filings have similar names, either. MC and MCP are a great example of this phenomenon. Because of their very similar names, a lot of truckers mix up these filings or think they’re just one filing. However, there are key differences between them that are important to understand. Let’s take a look at those differences right now!
MC numbers are for national interstate truckers.
The biggest difference between these two filings is what agency issues them. MC, FF, and MX numbers (all different flavors of the same thing) are the purview of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You may also see them referred to as an operating authority. MC numbers allow motor carriers to drive across state lines, and they go hand in hand with your USDOT number.
The MCP is for California truckers.
The Motor Carrier Permit (MCP) is a permit that the California DMV issues to all motor carriers. It confirms that a motor carrier has all of the filings that California requires its motor carriers to have. Essentially, it helps the various regulatory agencies link their information together to keep complete track of a truck. Besides the difference in the agency that issues these permits, MCPs are also required for private carriers, who are exempt from the MC number requirement. If you plan to haul on California roads, even if your home base is in another state, you’ll need an MCP.
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