Starting a new trucking company?
We’ve got you.
It takes a few steps but we’ll get there. Here’s how you can start.
Get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Apply for a CDL at your local DMV office. You’ll need to follow strict federal guidelines for obtaining a CDL, each state also has its own requirements. After that, you’ll need to pass a written knowledge exam and a driving skills test both designed by your state. Feeling overwhelmed? We’ll help you stay organized.
Start planning and dive in
You’ll need a business plan to get started. Don’t worry, you’ll refine it as you go. Figure out the mechanics: What structure works for you? Sole proprietorship or Partnership? Limited liability corporation (LLC) or Corporation (C-corp, S-corp, etc.)? Need help? We’ve got you.
Get into finances
Look into your financing options, try to secure a line of credit. Have enough to cover the first six months of your operations? Great. We’re halfway there.
Figure out operations
You’ll need to sort a few things out from the get-go. Take a look at your business plan. Do you need to hire employees? Who's taking care of invoicing, accounting, IFTA, payroll, and other paperwork? Where will you find loads? What about parking and maintenance? If it gets too confusing, LuckyTruck can help.
Compliance checklist
You’ll need to comply with a few requirements outlined by theFMCSA.
Here’s a checklist to help you out.
  • Get a US DOT number here
  • Get the Authority to Operate (MC Number) here
  • Understand Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HUVT) here
  • Register for an International Registration Plan here
  • Apply for an IFTA decal (Search online for “IFTA application [name of your state]”)
  • Register an updated BOC-3 form here
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Get insurance!
This one’s simple - LuckyTruck will walk you through the entire process. Get affordable quotes, make payments, manage your policies - all on one platform. We’ll make sure you can focus on growing your new business without having to worry about insurance.