Get My Own Authority: Empowering Trucking Entrepreneurs

Jason Smith

Driver Starting His Truck Closeup Photo From Inside the Cabin.


In the wide expanse of American business, there’s a special group of go-getters we don’t often hear about: our truck drivers. These road adventurers, covering endless miles, hold a dream as vast as the landscapes they travel. They yearn for freedom – to “Get My Own Authority” and steer their business journey on their own terms.

The Path to Independence

The call of the open road is hard to resist. But for many drivers, the path to starting a trucking business, to “Get My Own Authority,” might seem puzzling. From the unexplored territories of obtaining a USDOT number to grasping the intricate web of transportation compliance, the initial journey can be filled with challenges.

Plotting the Course: Key Milestones

  1. Setting the Foundation with an LLC: Your business entity, your shield.
  2. EIN – The Business Identifier: Much like your SSN, but for your business.
  3. Securing the Coveted USDOT#: Your golden ticket to the world of transport.
  4. Insurance: Ensuring you’re covered against the unpredictable.
  5. Decoding the BOC 3, UCR, IFTA, and IRP Accounts: This might sound like alphabet soup, but each letter is a crucial step toward your entrepreneurial dream.

The Driver’s Checklist: Keeping It Straight

  • Drug Testing: Essential for ensuring safety.
  • Driver Records & Past Employment: Building trust with clear records.
  • Engaging with the Clearinghouse: A must in today’s age.
  • The Health Must-haves: DOT Physicals, Medical Examiner’s Card, and Road Tests.
  • Continuous Compliance with a Randoms Program: Because in this business, consistency is key.

The New Entrant Audit: Your Rite of Passage

Every new journey has its challenges, and for the aspiring trucking entrepreneur, the New Entrant Audit is a significant hurdle. It’s a pivotal moment that can shape the future course of their venture. This isn’t just a test of knowledge, but of readiness. And the effects of this audit go beyond paperwork – it can impact load options, broker relationships, and the bottom line.

Navigating with Purcell Compliance

Introducing Purcell Compliance, the experienced guide for those embarking on this journey. A one-stop destination for every requirement, Purcell offers more than just services – it offers partnership. From guiding newcomers on obtaining a DOT number to ensuring they’re prepared to excel in the New Entrant Audit, Purcell stands as the reliable co-pilot. And their commitment is not only to compliance but to business triumph.


The path to Get My Own Authority may be filled with obstacles, but it’s also marked by the potential for independence and enterprise. And with the right ally, this journey can lead to unforeseen destinations. Ready to take the leap? Connect with Purcell and transform the dream of independence into a roadmap to success.

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