If you own a freight company, there may be times when you need to obtain a trip and fuel permit for your drivers to deliver your freight. Below is information about when you should do this, as well as how to find this type of permit so you can keep your business running.
Why You Need a Trip and Fuel Permit
If you have a client that calls you from out of state and would like to have your services, this can increase your business. If this is the only time you will have to send your drivers to another state, you may have to obtain a Trip and Fuel Permit. This is a temporary permit that allows a driver that is not registered or apportioned in the state they are delivering freight to.
You would need to have an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) permit in place to allow you to travel to another state. If you do not have an IFTA permit and travel to the state without a trip and fuel permit you would be fined and there may be other legal consequences.
The trip and fuel permit will only be valid for a certain amount of days, such as approximately one week and you would need a permit for each commercial truck that will be traveling to the state.
How to Obtain a Trip and Fuel Permit
When you decide that you need a temporary trip and fuel permit you may find it difficult to do so if you have never done this before. The first thing to do is to contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. They should be able to give you a list of companies that can provide this type of permit. This is beneficial as the DMV will only give you names of reputable companies.
You can also research online for companies if you want to do this alone. If you do this, make sure you do research about the company to ensure they are reputable. The last thing you want to have happen is for one of your drivers to get stopped and find their trip and fuel permit is not valid.
Starting the process of getting a trip and fuel permit as soon as you know you require one to ensure that you get everything set up in time for your drivers to deliver your freight for you.