New Business Ventures in Trucking – Learning about your Filing numbers with Roxanne Martinez

New Business Ventures in Trucking – Learning about your Filing numbers with Roxanne Martinez

Are you new to the trucking world or owning your own trucking company? I’d love to help you navigate the roadways to Long Haul and trucking options in the State of Florida, especially regarding your insurance.

The first step of getting into trucking in Florida, once you’ve obtained your hauling unit and CDL License is obtaining your USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) number, FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) number or both. You may be asking yourself, “Which is the one I need or do I need to acquire both?”

What is a USDOT number and why do I need it?

Businesses or sole proprietors that operate a commercial vehicle hauling cargo in state lines must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Registry Number. It is the identification number used “when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections” according to FMCSA.

What is a FMCSA number and why do I need it?

The big difference between the DOT number and the FMCSA is that the latter is for interstate commerce. Also, a business may need to register for more than one type of authority to support their planned operations such as but not limited to freight forwarder, passenger transportation, and Mexico-based carriers to operate in the US. The USDOT designation is free to those who successfully register for a FMCSA number.

First timers will begin the application process online on the Unified Registration System (URS). You will be provided a DOT number at the completion of the URS registration. You will be contacted after 30 days by FMCSA to validate information and correspond with you about the New Entrant safety program. Then you will be able to obtain your permanent DOT or FMCSA number.

What are my BOC-3 and Insurance filings?

You will also need to keep in mind additional requirements such as the Process Agent Designation, or BOC-3 form. The BOC-3 form will be e-filed by the processing agent on your behalf. A processing agent can be found near you on the FMCSA website. You can also find information about the required insurance outlined on the FMSCA’s website at Insurance Filing Requirements | FMCSA (dot.gov). The insurance company will electronically file with the FMSCA with your credentials satisfying the insurance requirement.

What is a New Entrant safety audit?

For the New Entrant Safety Assurance program, you can expect to be monitored during the initial 18-month period where you must demonstrate you can operate safely, maintain up-to-date records, conduct periodic inspections, and perform maintenance on CMVs. If pass you, you will be granted permanent authority.

How long will it take to get my FMCSA number?

The FMCSA takes approximately 4-6 weeks for processing the application. From the completion of the URS application, you will have 90 days to comply with the application requirements. If you do not comply with all the requirements, then you will have to pay the fees again to reapply.

How do I proceed with insurance once I’ve registered with the USDOT and/or FMCSA?

Once you’ve registered with these governing authorities, you’d want to complete your Commercial Auto Insurance with your required filings.

Typically these administrations require a minimum operating Liability of $750,000 if you’re crossing state lines. I’d be elated to discuss the intricacies of the insurance requirements with you as soon as you’re ready to take the next step to get on the road.

Roxanne Martinez, Insurance AgentMy name is Roxanne Martinez and I specialize in Commercial Auto Insurance coverage. I can be reached Monday – Friday from 10 am until 5 pm by calling 954-368-0060, x 9 or by email at roxanne@barefootins.com. I look forward to assisting your new trucking venture get on the road with all of your insurance needs: Commercial Auto coverage, Motor Carrier Cargo coverage, Bobtail, Physical Damage, driver’s Workers Comp and more! Contact me today for a free consultation.

Time to insure your Awesome RV!

Time to insure your Awesome RV!

 

Thinking about quitting your job and buying an RV and traveling the country?

If so, you’ll be delighted to know that RV insurance coverage is very affordable and comprehensive!

Our brokerage, Barefoot Insurance Brokers, offers RV coverage all over Florida through Progressive, Foremost and several surplus carriers. We can tailor the coverage to your needs: whether you’re financing your land-yacht or you own her outright.

A study commissioned by the RV Industry Association through the University of Michigan decided that approximately 10 million households in the United States now own RVs! The average owner spends 3-4 weeks in their RV each year.

We can offer several unique RV Insurance coverage features on your Florida RV insurance policy:

  • Total Loss Replacement offers the ability for us to replace your motorhome with a brand new one!
  • Replacement Cost for your Personal Effects inside your RV in the event of a loss
  • Emergency Expense coverage of up to $750 for transportation and hotel and meals if you’re on vacation and your RV becomes disabled away from your home.
  • Bodily Injury Liability Limits of up to $1 million in coverage

Whether you’re unhappy with the current cost of your RV insurance or you’re looking into a new RV Venture to start a life-long adventure, Barefoot Insurance Brokers can work with you to provide an excellent quote for your needs.

 

Call me today at 954-368-0060, x 2 or email me at allie@barefootins.com to discuss all of your insurance needs in Florida – Homeowner’s, auto insurance, motorcycle insurance, RV coverage and more. I’m a Mini Winnie girl, myself…and can’t wait to ride out in my own little RV one day.

 

 

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Get out there on Jax Beach in your 4×4!

Get out there on Jax Beach in your 4×4!

Even being a Floridian and although it sounds very touristic, I love the concept of driving on the beach. We’re so lucky to not only be surrounded by such beautiful landscapes, but have such unique outdoor opportunities at our fingertips.

Especially in Huguenot Memorial Park right on the coast of Duval County! Break out your 4×4 automobile and head out to this gorgeous and remote park on the Timucan Ecological and Historic Preserve. A small admission fee of $5 can get you out onto the sand to kite surf, picnic or simply to lounge in the sun with all of your gear right there with you. This eliminates all of the hassle of schlepping your beach equipment from the parking lot and really allows you to immerse yourself in the opportunity.

 

Check out this photo I took in October, 2018 on a windy day at Huguenot!

 

Not every car can handle driving on the beach in Florida, though. It’s best to stick to your trucks and 4-wheel-drive jeeps and SUVs when hitting the sand as to not get stuck and mess up a beautiful day out. The park will have ample signage when you arrive designating whether it’s safe for other vehicles to take it off-road.

 

It’s simple to insure your 4×4 or off-road vehicle in Duval County, too. Barefoot Insurance Brokers offers insurance coverage for all types of vehicles, recreational vehicles, dune buggies and RVs all over the Jacksonville area by phone (954)368-0060 or email (allie@barefootins.com). While our main office is in South Florida, our competent agents can help you save money in every corner of Florida…from San Marco, to Five points, to Arlington…and to the beaches. My name is Allie Horblitt and me and my staff  can’t wait to save you money on your auto insurance.

 

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Small Business Growth in South Florida requires an Insurance Ally

Small Business Growth in South Florida requires an Insurance Ally

According to a May 8, 2019 Forbes article, Miami, Florida is the top city for small business growth in 2019, as ranked by Biz2Credit’s annual rankings. Why should you care? It means small business in Florida is booming!

(You can check out that Forbes article here.)

Now is the time to get out there and start up your electrical contracting firm, air conditioning repair outfit and every tradesman out there that’s down on their spirits about working for someone else.

Be your own boss and start your own business! If you need an Insurance ally along the way, Barefoot Insurance Brokers will be here for you regarding your Commercial Auto needs, your General Liability Insurance, Workers Comp, Property Insurance and Bonding.

We have 5 A Rated carriers to shop your commercial auto quotes with in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. We can cover 1 service van or 20.

Email me at allie@barefootins.com or reach out to me by phone by dialing 954-368-0060. I look forward to getting to know your business and finding markets to fit your needs comprehensively and affordably.

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