Michigan Moving Regulations

 The Michigan Public Service Commission has authority, as legislated by the Michigan Motor Carrier Act, to regulate the for-hire transportation of property by motor vehicle upon the public highways in the state of Michigan.  The Motor Carrier Division of the MPSC oversees the safety, moving rates (tariffs), and consumer protection regulation of the intrastate household goods moving industry.

 All businesses wishing to conduct intrastate operations as a for-hire motor carrier of household goods must apply to the MPSC for review and consideration to be granted a certificate of authority.  All motor carriers granted certificates are required to maintain on file with the MPSC, proof of motor vehicle insurance coverage for Public Liability and Property Damage, and cargo insurance coverage.   All motor carriers granted certificates must print and file with the commission and keep open for public inspection in its principal place of business, schedules showing rates and charges for transportation of property.

 Exemption:  A local move, defined as:  a household goods shipment of 40 miles or less, is not subject to tariff regulation by the MPSC.  However, motor carriers conducting local moves of household goods must comply with authority, safety, insurance, vehicle identification and other requirements imposed by the Michigan Motor Carrier Act and MPSC Motor Carrier Rules.

 Link to Act and Rules: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/motor/act_rules/act_rules_intrahhgonly.pdf

 The public may contact the Motor Carrier Division if they have additional questions or to verify a moving company has been issued a certificate of authority for household goods operations.

 Michigan Public Service Commission
Motor Carrier Division
6545 Mercantile Way, Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48911
517-241-6030
www.michigan.gov/mpsc
Michigan Movers Association
www.mimovers.org
3225 W. St. Joseph
Lansing, MI  48917
517-327-9207
Better Business Bureau of Michigan
BBB of Detroit
www.detroit.bbb.org
30555 Southfield Road, Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48076-7751

BBB of Western Michigan
Trust Building
40 Pearl NW Suite 354
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
www.grandrapids.bbb.org
(616) 774-8236
http://search.bbb.org/search.html (Reliability Report)

INTERSTATE MOVES:

For any questions on interstate moves, and finding a licensed mover, you may contact the:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
www.fmcsa.dot.gov
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590
1-800-832-5660

Protect Your Move (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
www.protectyourmove.gov
US Department of Transportation
www.dot.gov
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590
1-800-877-8339
1-866-377-8642

American Moving & Storage Association
www.moving.org
1611 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA  22314
1-800-849-2672

The following is a list of related moving contacts:

Office of Attorney General of Michigan
525 W. Ottawa St.
P.O. Box 30212
Lansing, MI 48909
Main Number (517) 373-1110
www.michigan.gov/ag

Michigan Chamber of Commerce
www.michamber.com
600 S. Walnut Street
Lansing, MI  48933
1-800-748-0266

City Offices
Detroit Consumer Advocacy
Northwest Activity Center

18100 Meyers Road, Suite 105
Detroit, MI 48235
313-224-1000
www.ci.detroit.mi.us/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/tabid/1476/Default.aspx
Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation
PO Box 30220 (Zip: 48909)
Lansing, MI 48909
517-373-0220
www.michigan.gov/ofir
Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth
517-373-1820
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909