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Registration Questions

I have purchased a truck or bus. What am I required to do before I start operating?

Any person transporting property or passengers for hire (see exceptions below) within, through or into the state of Missouri is required to fill out an application to register or receive authority from Motor Carrier Services. In addition to registration, the vehicle must be properly licensed and if operating between states (interstate), must meet all fuel tax requirements.

What are the exceptions mentioned above that do not require registration or authority in Missouri?

 

  1. School buses transporting duly enrolled students of a school, college, university or other recognized educational institution, where that transportation is approved by the governing school authorities;
  2. Taxicabs with a capacity of not more than five passengers, exclusive of the driver and not operated on a regular route or between fixed terminals;
  3. Motor vehicles while being used exclusively to transport:
    • Stocker/feeder livestock from farm to farm, or from market to farm,
    • Farm or dairy products including livestock from farm or dairy,
    • Agricultural limestone or fertilizer to farms,
    • Property from farm to farm,
    • Raw forest products from farm, or
    • Cotton, cotton seed and cottenseed hulls;
  4. Motor vehicles operated under contract with the federal government for carrying United States mail, when on a trip provided in the contract;
  5. Motor vehicles used solely in the distribution of newspapers from the publisher to subscribers or distributors;
  6. Transportation performed pursuant to a contract between the carrier and the State of Missouri or any civil subdivision thereof, where the transportation services are paid directly to the carrier by the State of Missouri or civil subdivision;
  7. Freight-carrying motor vehicles duly registered and licensed in conformity with the provision of chapter 301, RSMo, for a gross weight of six thousand pounds or less;
  8. Transportation wholly within a municipality or commercial zone. The commercial zone exemption does not apply to the transportation of passengers to, from, or between points in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or Jackson County. The commercial zone exemption does not apply to the transportation of commodities in bulk (including liquids) in tank or hopper type vehicles;
  9. Motor vehicles whose operations in the State of Missouri are interstate in character and are exclusively within a municipality and its commercial zone;
  10. Tow trucks or wreckers designed and exclusively used in the business of towing or otherwise rendering assistance to abandoned, disabled or wrecked vehicles;
  11. A group of employees commuting to work if the vehicle is driven by a member of the group.

If I am leasing my vehicles to a motor carrier what do I need to do?

When the vehicle is leased, the lessee (motor carrier) is considered the operator of the vehicle. The lease should include the facts that the leased equipment is to be used solely by the lessee during the time of the lease and that the lessee controls the operation of the equipment including licensing, markings, insurance coverage, drivers, drivers' qualifications, drivers' hours of service and all related items to the same extent as if the lessee was the actual owner of the vehicle.

The lessee must accept responsibility to the public for any injury caused in the operation of leased equipment during the time of the lease, display appropriate vehicle markings and shall maintain and operate the leased equipment in accordance with state rules and regulations. When the lease is terminated, the lessee markings must be removed or done away with and the lease removed from the vehicle.

 

What application form do I need to file to pickup and deliver property (including household goods or passengers) for-hire between points in Missouri?

MO-1 formYou will need to complete a MO-1 application form, file proof of insurance (Form E) and have systems and procedures in place to comply with the safety regulations. You must enclose $10 for each vehicle you plan to operate within this state unless fees have been paid under other authority. A carrier may mail a personal/company check made payable to the Director of Revenue. This form and instruction sheet may be reviewed and printed by clicking on the MO-1 box above (Adobe Reader required). See additional question below about filing proof of insurance.

 

If I want to transport property or passengers for-hire across the state line, what do I need to do?

A-1 FormMost non-processed farm commodities in interstate commerce are exempt from registration requirement with Federal Highway Administration (FMCSA) in Washington D.C. Registration may be required in some states. This registration can be completed by filing an A-1 application form, proof of insurance (Form E from the insurance company), filling out a B-1R form and paying a regulatory fee of $10 per vehicle. A carrier may mail a personal/company check made payable to the Director of Revenue. You may also be required to carry a Form D-1 Cab Card (Bingo Card) in the cab of the vehicle. This application form and instruction sheet may be reviewed and printed by clicking on the A-1 Form box above (Adobe Reader required). See below for B-1 form and information about filing proof of insurance. The D-1 Cab Card may be purchased at the Missouri Motor Carrier Association by calling 573-634-3388.

If you are transporting processed commodities or passengers for-hire across the state line, you will be required to first apply for authority from FMCSA and then register that authority in the state where you live or where your business is located. Forms to register authority with FMCSA may be obtained by contacting this agency at 573-751-7100; the Regional, FMCSA office in Jefferson City at 573-636-3246 or by filing out an application on the internet at http://diy.dot.gov/diyhome80.htm.

 

Once I get authority from FMCSA, do I have to register this authority with any state?
RS-1 form RS-1 instructions

Yes. You will be required to register your interstate authority in your principal place of business state under the Single State Registration System (SSRS). You will be required to fill out a RS-1 application form, complete a RS-2 form showing the states of travel and the fees to be paid, submit a copy of the authority granted by FMCSA, file a copy of the BMC 91 or 91X (proof of insurance) and a copy of the BOC-3, Designation of Local Process Agents. A carrier may mail a personal/company check made payable to the Director of Revenue. When these items have been completed, the base state will issue a RS-3 form to be placed in the cab of the vehicle.

The application form to be used if your base state is Missouri and instruction sheet may be reviewed and printed by clicking on the RS-1 Form above. The appropriate RS-2 forms required for proper payment of fees depend on your type of motor carrier operation. You may review the RS-2 forms by clicking on the form type below.

RS-2, 2005 (Property)
RS-2, 2005 Supplement (Property)
RS-2, 2005 (Passenger-Charter & Regular Route)

Note: If your company is located in another state and Missouri is your base registration state, you will need to contact this agency for the proper RS-2 form to be used. If you are located in a state other than Missouri and Missouri is not your base registration state, you will need to contact your base state for the proper forms.

What are the minimum insurance requirements to operate for-hire?

The minimum levels of bodily injury and property damage are:

  • Intrastate Passenger Service
    1. Twelve passenger or less capacity: $100,000 for injury or death of one person; $300,000 for any one accident; $50,000 property damage for any one accident;
    2. More than twelve passenger capacity: $100,000 for injury or death of one person; $500,000 for any one accident; $50,000 property damage for any one accident;
  • Intrastate Property-Nonhazardous - $100,000 for injury or death of one person; $300,000 for any one accident; $50,000 property damage for any one accident.
  • Interstate Property-Nonhazardous - $750,000 (this limit applies only to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more).
  • Interstate/Intrastate Property-Hazardous - $5,000,000 (this limit applies only to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more.) For purposes of determining insurance requirements under this category, "hazardous" means:
    1. Hazardous substances, as defined in 49 CFR 171.8 transported in cargo tanks, portable tanks or hopper-type vehicles with capacities in excess of 3,500 water gallons;
    2. Any quantity of Class 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives;
    3. Any quantity of Class 2.3 Hazard Zone A;
    4. Any quantity of Class 6.1, Packing Group I, Hazard Zone A; Class 7 radioactive materials in highway route controlled quantities as defined in 49 CFR 173.455;
    5. Class 2.1 and 2.2 gases in tanks with capacities in excess of 3,500 water gallons.
  • Interstate/Intrastate Property-Hazardous - $1,000,000 (this limit applies only to vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more); Oil listed in 49 CFR172.101; and hazardous waste, hazardous materials and hazardous substances defined in 49 CFR 171.8 and listed in 19 CFR181.101, but not mentioned directly above or below the hazardous listings.
  • Intrastate Property-Hazardous - $5,000,000; Hazardous substances, as defined in 49 CFR 171.8 transported in cargo tanks, portable tanks or hopper-type vehicles with capacities in excess of 3,500 water gallons; any quantity of Class 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives; any quantity of Class 2.3 Hazard Zone A; and quantity of Class 6.1 Packing Group I, Hazard Zone A; Class 7 radioactive materials in highway route controlled quantities as defined in 49 CFR 173.455; and Class 2.1 and 2.2 gases in tanks with capacities in excess of 3,500 water gallons.
  • Interstate Passengers - $5,000,000; For any vehicle with a seating capacity of 16 passengers or more, including the driver.
  • Interstate Passengers - $1,500,000; For any vehicle with a seating capacity of 15 or less, including the driver.

What form must be filed for proof of insurance?

A Form E (Bodily Injury and Property Damage Certificate Insurance) or a Form G (Uniform Motor Carrier Bodily Injury and Property Damage Surety Bond) must be filed for intrastate and interstate exempt hauling. A BMC 91 (Uniform Motor Carrier Bodily Injury and Property Damage Certificate of Insurance), a BCM 91X (Motor Carrier Automobile Bodily Injury Liability and Property Damage Liability), or a BMC 91MX (Motor Carrier Surety Bonds) must be filed for registration under the Single State Registration System.

Where do I get the insurance forms to file?

You must notify your insurance agent to have your insurance company file the appropriate form with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Are there any special insurance requirements for household goods carriers?

Yes. Intrastate Household Goods operators must file proof of cargo insurance in addition to bodily injury and property damage insurance using one of the following forms submitted by the insurance company:

  • Form H, Uniform Motor Carrier Cargo Certificate of Insurance; or
  • Form J, Uniform Motor Carrier Cargo Surety Bond.

The minimum level of cargo insurance is as follows: Loss or damage to property carried on any one motor vehicle - $2,500, and loss or damage to or aggregate or losses or damages of or to, property occurring at any one time and place - $5,000.

Once I am registered is there anything I have to do annually?

Every year between August 1 and December 31, you are required to obtain a regulatory license or credential and pay a fee of $10.00 per vehicle. This credential is valid for the following calendar year January 1 to December 31. There are three types of credentials issued upon payment of the fee.

  • Stamps - Carriers transporting interstate exempt commodities will need to purchase a stamp to be placed on the D-1 Cab Card (with exceptions of carriers located in a state that has reciprocity with Missouri and the Missouri fee and stamp requirement are waived).
  • Stickers - Carriers operating wholly within Missouri are required to display a decal on the door of the vehicle.
  • SSRS RS-3 - Motor vehicle operations of regulated interstate commodities registered under the SSRS will be required to carry the RS-3 form issued under that program.

The type of credential you will be required to display will depend on the type of authority held and the state of your principal place of business. The state of Missouri has a reciprocity agreement with several states where the interstate fee is waived. Please review the B-1 form for the listing of reciprocity states. If the per vehicle fee has been waived for interstate operations under reciprocity agreements, you must pay the per vehicle fee for operating in intrastate commerce. Only $10.00 per vehicle will be charged for Missouri operations no matter what type of authority is held.

Please review the following table to determine the proper credentials to be displayed.

TYPE OF AUTHORITY CREDENTIAL NEEDED
  Reciprocal State Non-Reciprocal State
FMCSA Interstate authority only RS-3 Form RS-3 Form
FMCSA Interstate authority and Interstate exempt authority RS-3 Form RS-3 Form
FMCSA Interstate authority and Missouri Intrastate authority RS-3 Form and Mo. Sticker RS-3 Form and Mo. Sticker
FMCSA Interstate authority, Interstate Exempt and Missouri Intrastate authority RS-3 Form & Mo. Sticker RS-3 Form & Mo. Sticker
Interstate exempt authority only D-1 Cab Card and Mo. T-No in Mo. Block D-1 Cab Card and Mo. Stamp
Interstate exempt authority and Missouri Intrastate authority D-1 Cab Card, Mo. Stamp & Mo. Sticker D-1 Cab Card, Mo. Stamp & Mo. Sticker
Missouri Intrastate authority only Mo. Sticker Mo. Sticker

Please contact the License Section at (573) 751-3358 for further information.

How do I apply for my annual stamps and stickers?

B-1R FormTo order stamps or stickers, a B-1R form is to be completed. A carrier may mail a personal/company check made payable to the Director of Revenue. To review or print this form, click on the B-1R form box (Adobe Reader required). The D-1 Cab Card may be purchased by contacting the Missouri Motor Carrier Association at (573) 634-3388.

Are any special vehicle markings required?

Motor carriers operating vehicles exclusively in interstate commerce on the public highways in Missouri under a certificate or permit issued by FMCSA shall comply with the vehicle identification and marking requirements as published in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, part 1058.

Carriers operating vehicles in Missouri in both interstate commerce under FMCSA authority and intrastate commerce under a certificate or permit issued by this Agency may comply with FMCSA requirements only and are not required to add any special markings for Missouri.

Vehicles used exclusively in the transportation of interstate exempt commodities shall display markings on both sides of each vehicle operated under its own power, which shall state the name or trade name of the motor carrier, and either the certificate or permit number assigned by this Agency or the carrier's valid identifying number issued by the United States Department of Transportation.

Motor carriers of passengers in intrastate commerce only operating vehicles having a capacity of twelve (12) passengers or less, excluding the driver, may display on the vehicle's rear bumper, rear window or otherwise on the rear of the vehicle, the certificate or permit number assigned by this Division, in figures not less than two inches (2") in height.

Motor carriers of property in intrastate commerce only shall display markings on both sides of each vehicle operated under its own power on the public highways, under a certificate or permit issued by this agency, which states the name or trade name of the motor carrier and the certificate or permit number assigned by this Agency. In addition, every motor vehicle operated by a motor carrier under a lease shall include in these markings, above the carrier's name, the words "Leased To" or "Operated By." If a carrier has elected to license the trailer of a tractor-trailer combination, the markings also shall be displayed in the same manner on the trailer. These markings shall be in letters and figures in sharp color contrast to the background, and shall be of sizes, shapes, colors and materials which are readily legible during daylight hours from a distance of fifty feet (50') while the vehicle is not in motion and will be in the following form:

"Leased To
(Insert name or trade name of carrier)
D.O.T. Mo. No. (insert certificate or permit number)";

The markings shall be made of paint or other reasonably permanent materials, and shall not be made of pencil, chalk or other substances which are easily erased. The motor carrier may use removable devices to display the prescribed markings, if they meet the identification and legibility requirements of rule 4 CSR 265.025 and are designed not to detach from the vehicle during normal operation.

I am a private carrier and haul only my own goods in and through the state of Missouri. Do I need to register private carriage authority with your state?

No. Under section 390.030 RSMo, private carriers are not required to register operations under the provisions of this chapter of state statute.

Do I pay sales tax on the purchase of new or used equipment if I hold a registration or authority to operate between points in Missouri Only and I am not leased to an interstate carrier?

Yes.

Do I pay sales tax on the purchase of new or used equipment if I have interstate authority?

Missouri sales/use tax shall not be assessed on any commercial motor vehicle licensed for a gross weight of (24,000) twenty-four thousand pounds or more or trailer which is used by a common carrier solely in the transportation of persons or property in interstate commerce. To qualify for the tax exemption on the purchase of a motor vehicle or trailer, the following requirements must be met:

  1. You must be a common carrier engaged in interstate commerce. The tax exemption does not apply to contract carriers or common carriers engaged only in intrastate commerce;
  2. The authority to operate as a common carrier must be in effect prior to the purchase date of the motor vehicle or trailer;
  3. The motor vehicle must be licensed for a gross weight of 24,000 pounds or more, or if a commercial bus is involved in interstate commerce, it must be licensed to carry at least eight or more passengers; and,
  4. If the motor vehicle/trailer is owned by a common carrier, the owner must present a copy of his Certificate of Authority to Operate as a Common Carrier issued by the United States Interstate Commerce Commission or Federal Highway Administration at the time application for title is made.
    1. If the common carrier transports exempt commodities, the owner must present a copy of his Interstate Permit issued by the Motor Carrier Services or the Missouri Public Service Commission which indicates that the commodities hauled by the carrier in interstate commerce are exempted under the provisions of the Interstate Commerce Act.
    2. If the owner is not a common carrier but leases to a common carrier, the owner must present a copy of the lessee's certificate of authority and a copy of the lease agreement.

For additional information regarding the common carrier motor vehicle tax exemption, please call the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Bureau at (573) 751-4509.

If I trade my vehicle what do I have to do?

The license credential may or may not be transferable to the new vehicle. Under the SSRS program, the RS-3 receipt may be transferred from a vehicle out-of-service to a replacement vehicle without additional fees required to be paid. The stamp on the D-1 cab card is transferable only if the cab card is rendered expired and a new cab card is completed and stapled to the old D-1 cab card. The door decal or sticker is not normally transferable and remains with the vehicle. If you have a question about any credential, please call (573) 751-7100.

If I wreck a vehicle, can I get a replacement decal for my vehicle?

If a decal become mutilated, damaged or worn, a replacement may be obtained by returning as much of the decal as possible including the serial number portion along with a $1.00 fee. An affidavit of the fact concerning how the decal was mutilated, damaged or worn must also be sent to Motor Carrier Services.

What types of monies can be sent?

The Agency accepts, Western Union wires, EFS checks, Comchecks, company checks, cash and all types of guaranteed monies.

To whom should the check be payable?

Department of Revenue.

If I need specific help, can I contact the Motor Carrier Services for assistance?

Staff is available to answer your questions concerning applications and safety requirements. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. central standard time, including the noon hour.

Please call our main number at 573-751-3358 for assistance.


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