Posted on 09/07/22

What Legal Factors Are Important To Know About Car Shipping

What Legal Factors Are Important To Know About Car Shipping

Auto-shipping is not something most people do. It's vital that consumers are aware of the various transportation regulations and rules that will affect their auto shipping experience. Consumers will be better prepared to ship their car if they are aware of the legalities involved in auto shipping. Below are some common questions regarding auto shipping. These are industry standards that shipping companies must follow at all times.

License Requirements

Auto transport companies must be licensed and registered. Every state has its own licensing requirements. These state-specific requirements are the first set of licensing requirements an auto transport company must meet. Auto transport companies must adhere to several additional licensing requirements and regulations, in addition to those set forth by the state.

-Registration at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

-Registration at the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT Number )

Vehicle Weight and Height Limitations

Axle weight regulations are required for nearly every road in the country. It is important to remember that carriers must follow these weight restrictions. They will need to make stops at several weigh stations on their route to ensure they are in compliance. Standard carriers must adhere to height restrictions of at least 7 feet. If your vehicle exceeds these restrictions, let the transport company know and they will send the correct vessel to move it.

Hours of Operation for Drivers

It is hard to give customers an exact date because it is difficult to predict weather conditions and road conditions that may impact travel time. This could lead to delayed shipment because drivers are limited by federal law in their driving hours. If a company promises a specific delivery date, be cautious.

Documents required for shipment

You might have to submit certain documents to an auto transport company in order to verify that your vehicle is actually yours. These pieces of information are required for domestic shipments:

-Original Title, Registration

-Proof that you have insurance

-Photo I.D.

If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you may need to sign a notarized document that includes the VIN number as well as the full name and address of the person who is acting for you.

These important documents are not all you need. You will also have to sign a bill to lading when your vehicle is delivered. This receipt acts as both an inspection report and a terms and condition agreement between the customer, and the transport company, and serves as a receipt.

Personal Belongings

Customers need to know that auto shipping companies do not take responsibility for any personal belongings lost, stolen, or damaged in transit. Customers who leave personal items in their vehicles are responsible for their own safety. It may be illegal and a crime. Before you leave personal items in your vehicle, make sure to contact your shipping company. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that no prohibited items are left in their vehicle. These items include, but are not limited to:


-drugs and any other illegal goods


-Works of art

Fragile objects

-chemicals (including industrial chemicals or cleaning products)

-flammables and explosives

-Food or perishable products

-plants and seed