man standing with a contract at the background

A moving claim around the U.S. accept first-time moving company claims applications for the United States Department of Transport requirements. Moving companies that accept claims forms applications after the move is completed offer products and services for loss and damage claims and if not satisfied a consumer has the right to file a Mover arbitration application.


A moving claim around the U.S. accept first-time moving company claims applications for the United States Department of Transport requirements. Moving companies that accept claims forms applications after the move is completed offer products and services for loss and damage claims and if not satisfied a consumer has the right to file a Mover arbitration application.

man standing with a moving contract at the background

"Please fill out this form carefully providing as much information as you can, the more information you provide, the easier it will be to process your claim and you can expect faster response time from the moving company you used."

Company Name


Company email

Company Phone Number


$ You Are Claiming

Reason for Claim

Customer Name

Job No. (Find This Number At Top Of Bill Of Lading)



Pickup address

Destination address

We are not a claim company, we provide you the proper tools to file a claim, said filling of a claim remains in your hands after you are given all the proper tools which we provide with all rights reserved. I hereby understand this and waive any legal action against Moving Authority Enterprise Corp for my future use of said tools

This field is required.

First-Time Moving Claims Guide

Step 1: Start Early - Gather Documents

Apply for your movers damage claim has to be done after the completion of your move. First-time applicants, who may ask can I sue moving company for damages. The U.S. State Department Transportation has made movers hold a mandatory arbitration program so you must allow a claim form to be processed. This explained is what you'll need to do first before you sue.

  • Moving Claim Application form for moving claim company process (unsigned) This should explain payment claim meaning and process.
  • Proof of movers identity document and a photo of the moving damage.
  • Proof of moving companies documents and a photocopy or scanned of the front and back.
  • Mover must let you know what company there Arbitration Program is.
  • Arbitration fees
  • Apply for Arbitration

Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package

The most common question is are movers responsible for damage? Yes, to learn how to understand a moving claim process and what documents you need.

  1. Complete your MOVING COMPANY DAMGE CLAIM FORM on this website page
  2. Print your completed application. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. After completed you could forward to mover directly if they are not in our system
  3. Have a photo taken supporting claim.
  4. Photocopy or scan your proof of bill of lading and U.S. moving company documents.
  5. Look at all that damage & Calculate all my damage and your fees
    • Moving Authority accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for Moving Authority acceptance fees.
    • Moving companies arbitration fees should be emailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier's, traveler's check, or money order, payable to "Moving Authority"
Get Started On Your Application

Step 3: Schedule an Appointment

Moving Authority offer moving claims package services have set hours, and you'll need to schedule an appointment:

  1. Go to Schedule an Appointment.
  2. Choose the service you need, along with the full name who needs appointment
  3. You can search for appointments by location or date. If you search by location, you'll then be asked to choose a date and time; if you search by date, you'll then need to choose a location and time
  4. After you choose your appointment location and time, provide your contact information, and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  5. Click Review Appointment, then confirm your appointment.

If you need to modify or cancel your appointment, click the Manage Appointments tab and enter your confirmation number and email address or phone number.

Moving Arbitration Fees

First-time arbitration applications have two types of basic fees, the application acceptance fee and the application processing fee. Arbitration fees for faster processing are extra.

Application Acceptance Fees – Moving Authority Service

Pay acceptance fees in person at You may pay by check or money order, payable to "Moving Authority," debit card, or credit card.

  • $95.00 – Moving Authority acceptance fee
  • $15.00 – Moving Authority photo fee (if needed)

Application Processing Fees – Department of State

Arbitration Department payment is sent with your application package. Arbitration Department fees are paid separately from USPS fees.

  • State Department Fees Arbitration Department fees vary. Calculate arbitration fees online.
  • State Department Payment Methods NOTE: You may not pay Arbitration Department fees with credit or debit cards. You may pay with:
    • Personal, certified, cashiers, or traveler's check, payable to "Moving Authority."
    • Money order payable to "Moving Authority." You may purchase a money order at the Post Office with a debit card.

Renew a Arbitration program

Step 1: Apply Early

  • Arbitration programs are valid for 1 year and may be renewed by mail
  • New companies may not be renewed by mail.
  • Many States require that arbitration programs for movers be valid for at least 6 months after you close a company. Renew your arbitration in plenty of time for those past moves.

Step 2: Movers Check Your Renewal Eligibility

  • In your current name (name changes are explained on Change moving company name)
  • Issued within the last 1 years
  • Undamaged other than normal "wear and tear"
  • Submitted with your renewal application

Step 3: Prepare Your Application Claim Package

  1. Complete your Moving Claim Application on the website.
  2. Print and sign your American claims services form.
  3. Have photos taken loss and damage claims.
  4. Calculate your Arbitration fees if applicable"
  5. What insurance did you purchase 60cents per pound per article or full value protection. This information is more than an insurance claim form because it determines what agreement was between you and the moving company.
  6. Collect your most recent Bill of lading, completed and signed. Renewal fees, and name change documents, if needed because you need to be a csi pro when putting all the information down
    • The application need to state if you purchased household goods insurance.
    • Support moving claims on net via email. The more information the better.

7. Address the mover to the location license for your moving clam. See moving claim form above.

Address the mover to the location license for your moving clam. See moving claim form above.

Step 4: Email Your Claim Application

  • Place your Email with Delivery Confirmation
  • Place Movers Email
  • A Mover normally has time restrictions to (reply to you)

Follow Your Moving Claims Application Progress

U.S.D.O.T State Department Website
  • Department of Transportation Website
  • Ask questions about Moving Tariff
  • Enroll in Moving Authority Membership Program
  • Get Help Being compliant

In 1895 Karl Benz designed and built the first truck in history by using the internal combustion engine. Later that year some of Benz's trucks gave into modernization and went on to become the first bus by the Netphener. This would be the first motor bus company in history. Hardly a year later, in 1986, another internal combustion engine truck was built by a man named Gottlieb Daimler. As people began to catch on, other companies, such as Peugeot, Renault, and Bussing, also built their own versions. In 1899, the first truck in the United States was built by Autocar and was available with two optional horsepower motors, 5 or 8.

A moving company, removalist, or van line are all companies that help people as well as other businesses to move their good from one place to another. With many inclusive services for relocation like packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking and arranging of items can all be taken care of for you. Some services may include cleaning the place and have warehousing facilities.

The decade of the 70s saw the heyday of truck driving, and the dramatic rise in the popularity of "trucker culture". Truck drivers were romanticized as modern-day cowboys and outlaws (and this stereotype persists even today). This was due in part to their use of citizens' band (CB) radio to relay information to each other regarding the locations of police officers and transportation authorities. Plaid shirts, trucker hats, CB radios, and using CB slang were popular not just with drivers but among the general public.

Another film released in 1975, White Line Fever, also involved truck drivers. It tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to take over his father's trucking business. But, he soon finds that corrupt shippers are trying to force him to carry illegal contraband. While endorsing another negative connotation towards the trucking industry, it does portray truck drivers with a certain wanderlust.

All cars must pass some sort of emission check, such as a smog check to ensure safety. Similarly, trucks are subject to noise emission requirement, which is emanating from the U.S. Noise Control Act. This was intended to protect the public from noise health side effects. The loud noise is due to the way trucks contribute disproportionately to roadway noise. This is primarily due to the elevated stacks and intense tire and aerodynamic noise characteristics.

The American Trucking Associations initiated in 1985 with the intent to improve the industry's image. With public opinion declining the association tried numerous moves. One such move was changing the name of the "National Truck Rodeo" to the "National Driving Championship". This was due to the fact that the word rodeo seemed to imply recklessness and reckless driving.

The interstate moving industry in the United States maintains regulation by the FMCSA, which is part of the USDOT. With only a small staff (fewer than 20 people) available to patrol hundreds of moving companies, enforcement is difficult. As a result of such a small staff, there are in many cases, no regulations that qualify moving companies as 'reliable'. Without this guarantee, it is difficult to a consumer to make a choice. Although, moving companies can provide and often display a DOT license.

The United States' Interstate Highway System is full of bypasses and loops with the designation of a three-digit number. Usually beginning with an even digit, it is important to note that this pattern is highly inconsistent. For example, in Des Moines, Iowa the genuine bypass is the main route. More specifically, it is Interstate 35 and Interstate 80, with the loop into downtown Des Moines being Interstate 235. As it is illustrated in this example, they do not always consistently begin with an even number. However, the 'correct' designation is exemplified in Omaha, Nebraska. In Omaha, Interstate 480 traverses the downtown area, which is bypassed by Interstate 80, Interstate 680, and Interstate 95. Interstate 95 then in turn goes through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Interstate 295 is the bypass around Philadelphia, which leads into New Jersey. Although this can all be rather confusing, it is most important to understand the Interstate Highway System and the role bypasses play.

Truckload shipping is the movement of large amounts of cargo. In general, they move amounts necessary to fill an entire semi-trailer or inter-modal container. A truckload carrier is a trucking company that generally contracts an entire trailer-load to a single customer. This is quite the opposite of a Less than Truckload (LTL) freight services. Less than Truckload shipping services generally mix freight from several customers in each trailer. An advantage Full Truckload shipping carriers have over Less than Truckload carrier services is that the freight isn't handled during the trip. Yet, in an LTL shipment, goods will generally be transported on several different trailers.

The definition of business logistics can be difficult to understand. Logistics can be simply put as a means of management that plans, implements, and controls the efficiency of the business. The notion of business logistics incorporates all sectors of the industry. It is used as a means to manage the fruition of project life cycles, supply chains, and resultant efficiency.

The term "lorry" has an ambiguous origin, but it is likely that its roots were in the rail transport industry. This is where the word is known to have been used in 1838 to refer to a type of truck (a freight car as in British usage) specifically a large flat wagon. It may derive from the verb lurry, which means to pull or tug, of uncertain origin. It's expanded meaning was much more exciting as "self-propelled vehicle for carrying goods", and has been in usage since 1911. Previously, unbeknownst to most, the word "lorry" was used for a fashion of big horse-drawn goods wagon.

As the American Interstate Highway System began to expand in the 1950's, the trucking industry began to take over a large market share. That is, a large share of the transportation of goods throughout the country. Before this era, trains had been relied on to transport the bulk of the goods cross country or state to state. The Interstate Highway System was influential as it allows for merchandise to travel door to door with ease. Since then, truckload carriers have taken advantage of the interstate system, especially when performing a long distance move. Typically, they bring the merchandise from one distribution center of the country to another part of the country. The increase in truckload freight transportation has reduced the time it takes to transport the goods. Whether the freight was manufactured or produced for the different areas internationally, the time it takes to transport goods has decreased dramatically.  

The word cargo is in reference to particular goods that are generally used for commercial gain. Cargo transportation is generally meant to mean by ship, boat, or plane. However, the term now applies to all types of freight, now including goods carried by train, van, or truck. This term is now used in the case of goods in the cold-chain, as perishable inventory is always cargo in transport towards its final home. Even when it is held in climate-controlled facilities, it is important to remember perishable goods or inventory have a short life.

The FMCSA has established rules to maintain and regulate the safety of the trucking industry. According to FMCSA rules, driving a goods-carrying CMV more than 11 hours or to drive after having been on duty for 14 hours, is illegal. Due to such heavy driving, they need a break to complete other tasks such as loading and unloading cargo, stopping for gas and other required vehicle inspections, as well as non-working duties such as meal and rest breaks. The 3-hour difference between the 11-hour driving limit and 14 hour on-duty limit gives drivers time to take care of such duties. In addition, after completing an 11 to 14 hour on duty period, the driver much be allowed 10 hours off-duty.

In 1991 the film "Thelma & Louise" premiered, rapidly becoming a well known movie. Throughout the movie, a dirty and abrasive truck driver harasses the two women during chance encounters. Author Michael Dunne describes this minor character as "fat and ignorant" and "a lustful fool blinded by a delusion of male superiority". Thelma and Louise exact their revenge by feigning interest in him and then blowing up his tanker truck full of gas.

The 1980s were full of happening things, but in 1982 a Southern California truck driver gained short-lived fame. His name was Larry Walters, also known as "Lawn Chair Larry", for pulling a crazy stunt. He ascended to a height of 16,000 feet (4,900 m) by attaching helium balloons to a lawn chair, hence the name. Walters claims he only intended to remain floating near the ground and was shocked when his chair shot up at a rate of 1,000 feet (300 m) per minute. The inspiration for such a stunt Walters claims his poor eyesight for ruining his dreams to become an Air Force pilot.

The rise of technological development gave rise to the modern trucking industry. There a few factors supporting this spike in the industry such as the advent of the gas-powered internal combustion engine. Improvement in transmissions is yet another source, just like the move away from chain drives to gear drives. And of course the development of the tractor/semi-trailer combination.   The first state weight limits for trucks were determined and put in place in 1913. Only four states limited truck weights, from a low of 18,000 pounds (8,200 kg) in Maine to a high of 28,000 pounds (13,000 kg) in Massachusetts. The intention of these laws was to protect the earth and gravel-surfaced roads. In this case, particular damages due to the iron and solid rubber wheels of early trucks. By 1914 there were almost 100,000 trucks on America's roads. As a result of solid tires, poor rural roads, and a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour (24km/h) continued to limit the use of these trucks to mostly urban areas.

Some trailers can be towed by an accessible pickup truck or van, which generally need no special permit beyond a regular license. Such examples would be enclosed toy trailers and motorcycle trailers. Specialized trailers like an open-air motorcycle trailer and bicycle trailers are accessible. Some trailers are much more accessible to small automobiles, as are some simple trailers pulled by a drawbar and riding on a single set of axles. Other trailers also have a variety, such as a utility trailer, travel trailers or campers, etc. to allow for varying sizes of tow vehicles.

Many people are familiar with this type of moving, using truck rental services, or borrowing similar hardware, is known as DIY moving. Whoever is renting a truck or trailer large enough to carry their household goods may obtain moving equipment if necessary. Equipment may be items such as dollies, furniture pads, and cargo belts to protect furniture and to ease the moving process.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the most common government agency that is devoted to transportation in the United States. The DOT is the largest United States agency with the sole purpose of overseeing interstate travel and issue's USDOT Number filing to new carriers. The U.S., Canadian provinces, and many other local agencies have a similar organization in place. This way they can provide enforcement through DOT officers within their respective jurisdictions.