New York Moving Regulations

The Department of Transportation regulates household goods movers.  The mover must publish their tariff with the DOT, and this tariff outlines all of the services and charges for the movers, and the DOT holds all movers in the state of New York responsible for following by their published rates, policies, and procedures. Some movers publish their tariff through the New York Tariff Bureau or The Long Island Rate Bureau, and some on their own.

In the state of New York, the mover is required to have proper operating authority, and is required to have T # on all of their paperwork.  A DOT # is required on their vehicles.  Local moves are less than 40 miles and some follow the 100 mile radius and may be priced on an hourly basis (depending on what is in their tariff), if the move is over 40 miles (intrastate) it is priced by weight and distance unless the moving company has special specifications in their tariff.  Binding estimates can be issued as long as it is a guideline in the movers tariff and a walk through is required to give a binding estimate.    In order to have a licence the mover is required to have liability, cargo, and workers compensation insurance within compliance.

One important thing to remember is that you make sure your local mover carries workers compensation insurance and the proper licensing on equipment and vehicles.

To verify if a moving company is licensed and regulated, you can call the:

Department of Transportation
1-800-786-5368 (leave a message and someone should call you back in a couple hours with the company you want to verify)
https://www.nysdot.gov/index
New York State Movers &
Warehousemen’s Association

PO Box 277
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: 518 477-5389
www.newyorkstatemovers.com
Long Island Moving & Storage Association
29 Urban Drive, Selden, NY 11784
Message Center and Fax (631) 980-3882
http://www.limsa.com
Long Island Rate Bureau
29 Urban Drive
 Selden, NY  11784
631-506-8921
fax:  631-980-3882
www.limsa.com
Better Business Bureau of New York
www.newyork.bbb.org
257 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010-7384
Office Hours: 9-5 Monday through Friday
212.533.6200
Fax: 212.477.4912
Inquiry@newyork.bbb.org
http://search.bbb.org/search.html (Reliability Report)

INTERSTATE MOVES:

For any questions on interstate movers, 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:

Attorney General of New York
www.oag.state.ny.us
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224-0341
General Helpline: 1-800-771-7755
TDD/TTY Toll Free Line: 1-800-788-9898
Immigration Fraud Hotline: 212-416-6149
Healthcare Hotline: 1-800-428-9071
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit: 212-417-5397
Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
www.chamber.com
20 West 44th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone 212-686-7220
Fax 212-686-7232