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The purpose of the MCP is to provide proof of a Motor Carrier’s CA# with the DMV. MCP verifies the motor carrier has met all of the requirements for both registration and insurance. This will allow a business to commercially operate motor vehicles on California Highways. The MCP presents specific information regarding the motor carrier like name, mailing address, USDOT number, CA# and effective/expiration dates of the permit.


Who needs MCP?


  • Any person or entity who is paid to transport property in their motor vehicle not taking into account the vehicle size, type or weight (For-hire carrier).

  • Any person or entity operating a motor vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 10,001 pounds or more. Also, for business purposes to transport their own property (Private carrier).

  • Operators of any vehicle or a combination of vehicles transporting hazardous materials.

  • Operators of a combination of a motor truck and trailer, semi trailers, pole or pipe dollies, auxiliary dollies, and logging dollies, that exceeds forty feet in length when coupled together. For the purpose of an MCP, a “trailer” excludes camp trailers, utility trailers, and trailer coaches.

  • Operators of any motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicle and trailer for which the operation requires a commercial driver license, except vehicle combinations including camp trailers, utility trailers, and trailer coaches.

MCP Permit

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