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Sep 29, 09:02
Question by anurag9 (Anu)

What are licensing requirements for New York moving companies?

Hi, How should I verify that a mover has a valid license. I'm moving locally (zip code 12065 to 12302 ~ 15 miles) I have been given a NYS DOT license number T12309. gives no results for this DOT #.

Oct 06, 13:49
Answer by tjohnson (Tim J.)

Companies operating in New York are required to have both a federal DOT license, as well as a local state license. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone doing New York City moves to make sure their moving company is licensed, as you're doing.

However, if you're on (or its sister site,, you'll only find information for moving companies' federal DOT numbers for interstate moves -- you will not find information on state licensing.

To find state licensing for New York moving companies, call the state at 1-800-786-5368, or e-mail them at When checking have the moving company's exact name, and if available, their NYDOT number. (Why in the WORLD can't New York State just put this information online? Hire any high school kid with coding chops and it'd be done in a couple days. But I digress...)

For your local move, you'll be paying by the hour -- make sure you know exactly what's covered. Also make sure it's written into your estimate about any charges -- fuel, transit, and packing.

For more information, check out this article on checking on a mover's license and track record. A lot of the material is New York-specific.

Finally, also check out the New York Department of Transportation's page on choosing moving companies.

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