Here’s a walk through of the application process for Amazon Relay.

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. Roy Anthony Norman August 22, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I have my authority just need a good quote on some insurance could you be of any assistance

  2. Abby October 17, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

    An informative article for the easiness of brokers and freight factoring to apply for Amazon.

  3. Terra Roberts November 1, 2021 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    If my authority was revoked but recently reinstated, will Amazon Relay reject my application? My Authority was reinstated on 10-26-2021 but I’ve met all of the other requirements for Amazon Relay and my authority was revoked for less than two weeks.
    Thank you

  4. Antonio Harris December 9, 2021 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I’m interested in loads

  5. Luis Suarez December 28, 2021 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Hola mi nombre es Luis Suárez y tengo la duda de la Aseguranza que necesito para ingresar con Amazon alguna ayuda???

  6. Henry March 29, 2022 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Hi tengo un problema en mi aplicacion

  7. Teresa jackson Moore April 10, 2022 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    trying to get access to amazon rates im with amazon relay and dont know who or how to get ryder rates…

  8. James Bell April 18, 2022 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    What happens if I do not activate my authority within 60days? Also if I cannot acquire a 26’ box truck and I get a cargo van to start my business do I still need the same million dollar policy? How old can box truck be for Amazon?

  9. Cregdrick Reece June 1, 2022 at 11:45 am - Reply

    what size box truck needed for Amzon

  10. Carolyn July 20, 2022 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Can I use a 16 foot box truck

  11. RANDEEP SINGH July 22, 2022 at 9:46 pm - Reply


  12. daniela diaz August 1, 2022 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    good evening.
    apply to amazon, it is very easy, there are few requirements
    What do you ask, I can gladly help you with the registration of commercial insurance..

    contact me
    daniela diaz
    (832) – 400-9831
    [email protected]

  13. Sohail Ahmed September 13, 2022 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Hello I need help to amazon really account.

  14. Keiron October 16, 2022 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Can you sign up for relay with a rental box truck? Do i need a LLC to use the rented truck to register ?

  15. Shay October 20, 2022 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    What are the year requirements for a box truck to do Amazon?

  16. ForHave November 25, 2022 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I found this blog post very helpful. Thank you for providing this information.

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