Processing time for new authority
A brand new Trucking Authority takes about 20 to 30 days to be fully Authorized & Active. On Day 1 of the application process, the FMCSA receives your application and you are assigned a USDOT number. You are also assigned an MC / FF number and viewable within 3 days. Between Day 2 - 18 the FMCSA processes your application as they begin to receive the appropriate and relevant permits. During this time a mandatory 10 day protest period begins. After Day 19 and approximately before Day 20, you must finish processing any required State permits. You will also receive two letters by mail from the FMCSA. One letter is to confirm your application is in progress, and the second letter is the Authority Grant Letter confirming your Authority has been activated.