You may hear a Certificate of Compliance referred to as COC. A carrier is another name for a company.

The Certificate of Compliance (COC) is a certificate representing an intrastate for-hire motor carrier that has complied with the safety and insurance requirements of the SCDMV. A COC is issued to all intrastate for-hire motor carriers, except passenger carriers, household goods carriers, and hazardous waste for disposal carriers.

Certificate Classes

There are two types of Certificate Classes:

  1. Certificate Class E-L A carrier that operates a motor vehicle to transport goods of extremely low value such as dump truck commodities. These commodities do not require cargo insurance.
  2. Certificate Class E-LC - A carrier that operates a motor vehicle to transport property, which is properly insured to carry any cargo.

You must complete the Application for Certificate of Compliance for Operation of for-hire Motor Vehicle Carriers (SCDMV Form COC).

Insurance Requirements

If you operate a freight vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs. or more, the insurance requirements are:

  • $750,000 if transporting non-hazardous material
  • $5,000,000 if transporting hazardous material

If you operate a freight vehicle with a GVWR of less than 10,000 lbs., the insurance requirements are:

  • $300,000 if transporting non-hazardous material
  • $5,000,000 if transporting hazardous material

If you operate a carrier that requires E-LC coverage, $5,000 is the insurance limit for loss or damage to property carried on any one vehicle.