Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Operating authority

Trucks on a Wisconsin highway

Interstate operation (crossing state lines)

Interstate authority for carriers hauling regulated commodities is done at the Federal level and authorized carriers receive an "MC" number.

Intrastate operation (operation within Wisconsin only)

Intrastate operating authority is permission to haul a commodity or product for someone else. This is also known as being a "for hire" carrier. If you are a Wisconsin based carrier or an interstate "for hire" carrier and wish to haul for hire on an intrastate basis, it is necessary to obtain operating authority from our office. When authority to operate is granted the motor carrier will receive a certificate. This certificate will indicate the intrastate authority number designated by the letters "LC" and followed by the authority number.

To apply, complete the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Authority Application form MV2843.

Intrastate operation Intrastate passenger fee

A Wisconsin Intrastate passenger authority is required for any for hire passenger operation within Wisconsin unless they meet the following exceptions:

  1. Taxi service
  2. Commuter car pool with 7 passengers or fewer (including the driver)
  3. Van pool with 7 passengers or fewer (including the driver)
  4. School bus under s. 120.13 (27), Wisconsin stats

When authority to operate is granted, the motor carrier will receive a certificate. This certificate will indicate the intrastate authority number designated by the letters "PC" and followed by the authority number.

To apply, complete the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Authority Application form MV2843.

Intrastate operation Rental company registration certificate

A Rental company registration certificate is required by rental companies whose purpose is the business of leasing motor vehicles without drivers to the general public for a period of 30 days or less. A sample copy of each standard form of rental agreement you intend to use in the rental of motor vehicles will be required. Agreements must specify that public liability and property damage insurance furnished by the rental company is equal or greater than the amount specified in s.194.41 Wis. Stats.

To apply, complete the Wisconsin Rental Company Registration Certificate Application form MV2425.

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For questions and more information contact:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Motor Carrier Services
P.O. Box 7955
Madison, WI 53707-7955
Telephone: (608) 266-9900

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Last modified: October 16, 2014

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