Verify Your Mover

Why verifying your moving company is important? It’s important because if there is an accident regarding the truck with your items, items go missing, the claim process for damages or someone gets hurt from the moving crew on your property the liability falls on you unless the moving company is properly licensed and insured.  In today’s environment, anyone can make a website and verify it through google and yelp that why it’s important to do your research. I will be reviewing the three steps to help verify the company is good to use.

Verify your mover through the Department of Transportation website.

https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx

Check the department of transportation website for DOT Number. The website will let you know if the company is registered with the dot. Click the search by name and the company should pull up. Check that the company is still active and that the authorization class states for Hire.

Under Carrier Operation: it needs to say interstate. If it says interstate that means that the carrier can is licensed to move your items locally and out of state.

Cargo Carried: Household Goods

Household Goods must be marked. No exception. I have seen a lot of companies lately to save money register under General Freight to save on insurance. General Freight is not the correct insurance to move Household Goods.

The Second verification is through the state of Tennessee Business Services Online Business Services Online > Find and Update a Business Record

https://tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/FilingSearch.aspx

Simply enter the company’s name and hit search. If the company pulls up open the document to make sure the business identity is still active.

Lastly, check the company’s reviews and complaint history with the Better Business Bureau

I hope these three methods help you verify that the moving company you’re thinking of hiring is licensed and insured.