Applying for authority to provide service as a mover of household goods in South Carolina.
Household goods movers in South Carolina must have a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity issued by the South Carolina Public Service Commission, also known as a "Class E - Household Goods Mover's Certificate." Two types of Class E certificates are available: three-county authority and statewide authority. This guide will discuss the process of obtaining a certificate with statewide authority.
The Class E Certificate
The Class E Certificate is required to provide moving services within the State of South Carolina. The PSC and the Office of Regulatory Staff regulate intrastate movers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates interstate movers.
The Application Process
An application must be filed with the Public Service Commission. The application includes information about the applicant, a basic financial statement, vehicles, insurance coverage, and proposed rates.
The PSC will require publication of a notice of the application in a newspaper of general circulation.
The applicant must prefile testimony and provide the testimony of a "shipper witness" or someone who can establish the need for household goods movers within the state of South Carolina.
The Office of Regulatory Staff will inspect the applicant's qualifications, vehicle, equipment, verify the availability of insurance, and review the proposed tariff. After the inspection, the ORS will make a recommendation to the Commission.
The PSC will hold a hearing to hear testimony regarding the application.
At a business meeting following the hearing, the PSC will vote on the application. The PSC usually issues an order shortly after its vote.
Issuance of the Certificate
If the PSC approves the application, the ORS will verify the applicant has purchased the required insurance, and that everything else is in order. Then, the ORS will issue the mover a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, and the applicant may begin providing service.
The Terreni Law Firm represents household goods movers before the Public Service Commission, and I am glad to discuss your application.
This guide is NOT legal advice. It is general information about the regulatory process for household goods movers. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.
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