Renting a box truck and hauling for Amazon relay with your own authority might be the easiest way to start a trucking company ever. So I lay out some pros and cons of this strategy with the consideration of your trucking insurance….it plays a hug part!

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

Promo Code – 15% off: CHARLESSTRING

Order a Rexing Dashcam

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Categories: Box Trucks

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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. Joyce August 4, 2021 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Good info. Question : while working Amazon Relay, are drivers, physically handling the boxes, or is it a haul / drop?

  2. Allesa Duvenary September 23, 2021 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Hello, Welcome to Heavenly and Glorious Freight
    For:Shippers and Carriers

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone# 5622560891
    Fax: 9515990129

    Hello Shippers,we are Freight Brokers née to the business,and want to offer our services but most importantly here to serve you and to MOVE YOUR FREIGHT for your business, while offering you great price/ quotes.

    Heavenly and Glorious Freight wants to build positive business relationships through, trust reliability assurance and accountability

    Thank you in advance

    Heavenly and Glorious Freight LLC

  3. Trinity 3 Logistics October 13, 2021 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Trinity3logistics provides dispatching services to transportation brokers. You can take help of freight agents as well.

  4. CorpSeed January 29, 2022 at 2:05 am - Reply

    An informational & well-written blog that can prove the best guide. Thanks!

  5. Randy February 26, 2022 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Great content man. Thank you for ALL this great info. But I have an interesting question to ask……………! I want to transition from my current career into box trucking owner/operator BUT I want to test the waters 1st!!!! Is it possible to have truck insurance on a per-diem basis if I ONLY can do hauls 1 or 2 days out of the week????? Remember, I’m wetting my feet before diving full head on!!!

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