Moving Tip of The Week – Long Distance Movers and Local Movers Need Different Licenses

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There is no universal license for movers. Different types of movers need different types of licenses. The 2 main types of movers – Local and Long Distance – each have their own licensing requirements. If you need a quick refresher on the differences between a Local and Long Distance mover, read here: http://blog.123movers.com/moving-tip-of-the-week-know-the-differences-between-a-long-distance-and-local-move/. Here are the basic differences between a Local and Long Distance license:

  • Local: A Local mover needs to hold a licensed issued by the state they operate out of. So a mover in Florida and a mover in California each need to meet the requirements set forth by their state.
  • Long Distance: A Long Distance mover needs to hold a license issued by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). It doesn’t matter if the move is cross country or between neighboring states, all Long Distance movers need to meet the requirements set forth by the FMCSA.

Always make sure to verify your mover’s license. For some help tracking down the different state requirements for Local movers, read here: http://www.123movers.com/moving-guides/local-mover-licenses/



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