Steps to starting your Box Truck Business:

1️⃣Register your business

Search google: “[your state] Secretary of State”

Or use LegalZoom:

Cost varies by state

2️⃣Request an EIN (Tax ID)

IRS website:

Free if you do it yourself

LegalZoom can include this if you go through them

3️⃣Setup a bank account and sign up for QuickBooks 

QuickBooks – $7/month:

***Big banks have better technology***

4️⃣Setup two email addresses

1 for important business, 1 for your motor carrier application so you can weed out all the marketing

Google Custom Email:

Use promo codes for 10% off:

Starter Plan – $6: U9CC7FHR3R4R9FG

Standard Plan – $12: E9NCH9XFED6DV9Q

5️⃣Get another phone number to avoid unwanted marketing calls/texts

One Talk: $25/month

Once you download the app, setup your voicemail and forward all calls straight to voicemail

6️⃣Apply for your Motor Carrier Authority 

Application: $300

Watch this video for step by step guide:

Seriously watch this video and don’t mess it up, takes forever to fix mistakes

7️⃣Get your BOC-3 and UCR

BOC-3 – $25:

UCR – $62:

8️⃣DOT Physical Exam for Medical Card

Find a local examiner:

~$85 – $100

9️⃣Fill out this Quote Form for Insurance

Quote Form:

*If you are in a state that I’m not licensed in yet, I’ll forward you this form and it will have exactly what you need to get a quote in your state.

1️⃣0️⃣Setup freight factoring and fuel cards

RTS Financial:

RTS is by far the best for both factoring and fuel cards plus they offer special rates for Amazon Relay

1️⃣1️⃣Find an amazing dispatcher 

Interview several, don’t look for the cheapest, you absolutely want the best

If they charge more than others, that probably means they are better

1️⃣2️⃣Sign up for DAT 

Truckers Edge – $39.95/month:

DAT Power – $149/month:

First month is free, start learning how to use these

1️⃣3️⃣Shop Box Truck Rental Rates in your area, let them know you are a motor carrier for Amazon, some provide better rates for this

Request a Budget account here:

1️⃣4️⃣New Entrant Phone Call

You will get a letter in the mail from FMCSA for your audit call. Do this ASAP. It’s easy, they basically just go over your application to verify what you’ve entered.

1️⃣5️⃣Pay your down payment for insurance close to the 21st day after applying for your authority

You have to wait 21 days from the time you apply for your Authority and you want to make your insurance effective a couple days prior to that to make sure the insurance company has time to process the filings so your MC will be active on the 21st day.

1️⃣6️⃣Apply to brokers


C.H. Robinson:

Coyote Carriers:

Choptank Transport:

Trinity Logistics:

Integrity Express Logistics:

1️⃣7️⃣Gather your documents in a single binder


Sheet Protectors:


Order Door Magnets

Optional if you have a rental truck less than 30 days at a time

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Order a Rexing Dashcam

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About the Author: Charles String, Inc.

My goal is simple; Help people start trucking companies, and keep them rolling. With my experience in transportation, I quickly decided to specialize in trucking insurance. It’s much more my speed and comfort zone: demanding, hectic, stressful…all the necessary ingredients to maintain my interests.


  1. May September 21, 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    The authority for box trucks and semi truck is different??

  2. Trinity 3 Logistics October 5, 2021 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Trinity3logistics offers guidance on starting a trucking business and about interstate trucking to trucking authority all across the USA

  3. Michael Levy March 7, 2022 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I have the authority already what would be the next get the rental truck or the insurance

  4. Wanda July 28, 2022 at 8:34 am - Reply

    DOT Compliance Group has been in service for more than a decade and is known for its services. I have been researching them for a long time and whosoever is looking for a third-party administrator can choose them as they came out to be one of the most reputed TPA in the USA.

  5. Cornell Green August 9, 2022 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Do you have to your own insurance and the rental company insurance

  6. Junk Hauling September 27, 2022 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    What a guide! I made the mistake of leasing a bunch of trucks a few years back and looking back, I would have done much better if I had bought used trucks.. oh well ,you live and you learn.

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