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9.2.2 Applying for Operating Authority

While the OP-1 (MX) form and instructions are available in Spanish, applicants must provide responses in English. The application must be complete, with all questions answered, before processing begins. Incomplete applications will be rejected. If an application is rejected, the applicant will have a period of time for returning the application completed.

Long-haul carriers should mail completed forms and filing fees to:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Online submission is currently not available for long-haul applicants.

After a carrier submits an application it goes through internal review, including a safety and security review. FMCSA personnel consult multiple U.S. and Mexican databases to ensure the applicant is eligible for operating authority in the U.S. If FMCSA accepts the application, an FMCSA local office schedules the pre-authorization safety audit (PASA). The applicant must pass the PASA before receiving provisional operating authority and beginning operations in the U.S.

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