What is a Carrier ID Number (CA #)?
CA number is assigned by California Highway Patrol (CHP), which helps the CHP identify the carrier. All California based motor carriers require a CA number. According to Department of Motor Vehicles, a motor carrier permit is a document issued by the DMV’s Registration Operations Division. Also, you need to register your CA# with the DMV to get a Motor Carrier Permit (MCP).
When you apply, you will need to complete a Motor Carrier Profile and make sure to fill the dorm correctly. All commercial motor vehicles with a GVW of over 10,000 pounds get a California Motor Vehicle Permit.
In-State Carriers: A commercial vehicle operated only within the state of California must obtain a Motor Carrier Permit and a CA number but does not usually need a USDOT Number.
Out-of -state Carriers: Some out-of-state carriers must obtain a Motor Carrier Permit and a CA number in addition to the USDOT number to come into California. For more information on who must obtain a Motor Carrier Permit, see the website:
To get a Motor Carrier Permit, besides getting your CA#, You need to: