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What are the Minimum Requirements that a Moving Company Should Have?
-> Licensing questionsJan 06, 04:44
Question by viphq (viphq)
Is their any licenses, registrations or insurance requirements that the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania moving companies must have to do business here?
If so what are they?
Jan 12, 13:14
Answer by henry (Henry Peterson)
Every moving company you work with should be licensed. Not all of them are, so you should verify all licenses before you choose to work with any movers.
Here is a break-down of the various moving licenses so that you will
know what to ask a company the next time you move.
About 20 U.S. states have regulations
regarding household and personal property motor carrier services. The
regulations may fall under the authority of the Public Utility
Commission such as in California, under the Secretary of State as in
Idaho or under the Department of Transportation as in Connecticut. In
some states these authorities issue their own licenses, others require
evidence of the DOT
(Department of Transport) license and then issue a letter of approval or
Regulating interstate movers and freight
carriers falls under the U.S Department of Transportation’s subsidiary Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA has a very helpful website
dedicated to provide move related information to consumers. Information
on this website is very useful like the “Your Rights and
Responsibilities When You Move” section. The website also has a search
tool which can be used to search for moving companies by
their name, DOT license or motor carrier number. The search results
provide you will a companies bio, safety and insurance information, fleet
size, complaint history and an evaluation of their safety guidelines.
Moves outside North America are regulated
by the Federal Maritime
Commission. Ocean Transportation Intermediaries are required by law
to be licensed and bonded. FMC’s website has an updated list of licensed
carriers for international moves. In addition to checking the license
of an international
moving company, you should also consider factors like their fleet
size, location in host and departure countries, experience and complaint
Good luck with your move,
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