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PUC Authority Filing

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What you get

PUC (TCP) that allows you to transport passengers in California
Enrollment in California Pull Notice Program
Obtain a CA number from the California Highway Patrol
Creation of a written Safety, Maintenance and Drug Policy
Federal Employer Tax ID Number (optional) (required for partnerships or Corporations or Individuals with employees)
Enrollment in an approved Drug Testing Program 

What you need for Authority

  1. Company information sheet
  2. Signed application packet (partnerships require all partners must sign or corporations must have the signature of corporate officer).
  3. Incorporation prior to filing the application (this is only required if you are planning on incorporating and is important that it is completed prior to filing the application or you will need to start the process and pay fees again when Corporation is formed). Allen Corporation Supply @ 800-992-5536
  4. Liability insurance on file with the PUC in the amount of $5.000,000.00 if you will operate any vehicle in your fleet with a seating capacity of 15 or more passengers or 1,500,000.00 if you will only operate vehicles with less than 15 passengers (form PL914 on file with the PUC from your insurance company)
  5. Certificate of Workers Comp Insurance (if you have employees) from your insurance company (form TL938 or SCIF 938 showing your company name as it appears on the PUC application, the inception date and ending date of the policy and a minimum of a 30 day cancellation notice)
  6. Enrollment in an approved drug/alcohol program with all drivers being pre-employment drug tested.
  7. Enrollment in California DMV Pull Notice program.
  8. At least one vehicle (available for inspection)

How long before we can operate
You will receive your TCP number in 7 to 10 working days at that time the 30 day mandatory waiting period will be in effect.  During the waiting period you will be notified by the CHP to arrange a terminal inspection.  Prior to the inspection you will be enrolled in the DMV Pull Notice Program, you will need to have your bus(s) available during terminal inspection, driver(s) must be pre-employment drug tested, and all required insurance must be on file with the PUC.  

It is currently taking between 45 to 60 days for this process to be completed by all the government agencies and you may not operate any service that does not leave the state until receipt of your operating authority.

When must we renew the Authority
PUC Authority must be renewed every three (3) years at a cost of $500.00 for each authority that you have. You will also pay a $15.00 per vehicle terminal inspection fee every year.

You must file a PUC Tax report, updated vehicle reports and insurance filings as required by the PUC for your Authority to remain in good standing.

Is there a temporary Authority
No you must not operate in intrastate commerce until you have been granted authority.

What Type Authority



A All authorities below
B Pre-arranged group charters only (state wide)
S Round trip sightseeing (per-capita seat sales)
P Limousines or vehicles less than 10 passengers
Z Contract authority (provide service under contract)

What is the cost



Processing Fee (American Trans Data)


PUC Fee (A Certificate)


PUC Fee (B,S,P or Z) Each


Inspection Fee (each vehicle 15 or more passengers)


Drug Testing

TruSST Team (owner/operator)


TruSST Team (More than 2 drivers or non owner employees)


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