The Iowa Department of Transportation regulates Iowa’s Intrastate and local household moves. Local movers in Iowa are required to be licensed and insured through the Iowa Department of Transportation/Motor Carriers Services. The moving company is in charge of publishing a tariff and the tariff is filed and regulated by the Iowa DOT. This tariff outlines all of the services and charges for the movers, and the Iowa DOT holds all movers in the state of Iowa responsible for following by their published rates, policies and procedures as set forth by the DOT.
Most companies if the move is local will charge on an hourly basis, and over a certain distance charge by weight and distance. Movers can charge what they want as long as it is published with their tariff. Vehicles do need a DOT # followed by IA. The moving company is required to have an intrastate authority permit to operate in the state of Iowa.
One important thing to remember is to make sure your local mover carries workers compensation insurance and the proper licensing on equipment and vehicles.
If you have any questions regarding licensing or questions on tariffs, you may contact:Motor Vehicle Division/Motor Carrier Services 515-237-3224 www.iowadot.gov/mvd/omcs 6310 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50021 Mailing Address: P.O.Box 10382 Des Moines, IA 50306-0382
Iowa Motor Truck Association www.iowamotortruck.com 717 E. Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 244-5193
Fax: (515) 244-22047-
Better Business Bureau of Iowa 505 5th Avenue, Suite 950
Des Moines, IA 50309-2375
Chris Coleman, President Phone: (515) 243-8137, 24 hour automated system
Toll Free: 1-800-222-1600 www.desmoines.bbb.org http://search.bbb.org/search.html(Reliability Report)
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:Office of the Iowa Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines IA 50319
Fax: 515-281-4209 www.state.ia.us
Banking Authorities Division of Banking
200 East Grand, Suite 300
Des Moines, IA 50309-1827
Insurance Regulators Division of Insurance
330 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0065
Securities Administrators Securities and Regulated Industries Bureau
340 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0066
Toll free: 1-877-955-1212 (IA)
Utility Commissions Utilities Board
350 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0069
Toll free: 1-877-565-4450 (IA)