Online or mailed passenger carrier applications can take longer than 8 weeks while online or postal applications will be processed within 20 to 60 days. Online applications are the fastest and usually get processed first, within 20 to 25 days.
Once the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has approved an application, operating authority documents are typically sent out within 3 to 4 business days. As of March, 2015, the filing fee for a permanent authority is $300 and a notice of name change will run $14. A complete application is necessary for prompt processing to occur, and the application fees are nonrefundable.