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)
New York State Movers &
Warehousemen’s Association

PO Box 277
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: 518 477-5389
Long Island Moving & Storage Association
29 Urban Drive, Selden, NY 11784
Message Center and Fax (631) 980-3882
Long Island Rate Bureau
29 Urban Drive
 Selden, NY  11784
fax:  631-980-3882
Better Business Bureau of New York
257 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010-7384
Office Hours: 9-5 Monday through Friday
Fax: 212.477.4912 (Reliability Report)


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

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590
Protect Your Move (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC  20590
American Moving & Storage Association
1611 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

The following is a list of related moving contacts:

Attorney General of New York
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
20 West 44th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone 212-686-7220
Fax 212-686-7232