Chapter 6.5. Motor Carrier Safety * Article 6.5. Carrier Identification Numbers Identification Numbers Nontransferable.
(a) One CA Number Per Person. An individual shall be assigned one CA number regardless of how many business enterprises the individual may operate as a sole proprietor or DBA names he or she may use. A partnership, corporation, or limited liability company shall be assigned one CA number, regardless of how many internal divisions it may have or DBA names it may use in representing its business enterprises to the public. The CA number shall represent the legal name of that person, not a DBA name the person may use.
(b) Nontransferable. A CA number is not transferable from one person to another, except to correct any errors on the part of the department in the assignment of a number. The department will deny issuance of a CA number to any person the department determines to have been assigned a CA number previously, unless the previously-assigned CA number no longer exists in the department's files due to processes described in Section 1235.5. Once a CA number ceases to exist in the records of the department due to processes described in Section 1235.5, that number shall not be reassigned to any person, except when it was deleted by the department's error.
(1) Pending a hearing pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act of the Government Code commencing with Section 11500, the department may refuse to issue a new CA number to a legal entity that is owned or managed, in whole or in part, by an individual against whom the department, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the Public Utilities Commission has an unresolved action, and, in the department's opinion, the individual's purpose in applying for the new CA number is to circumvent or thwart the action.
(c) Name Changes. The department will update its records to reflect a change in the legal name of any person who has been assigned a CA number upon submission of satisfactory evidence that the new name represents the same legal entity currently associated with that CA number, and the change is not the result of the formation of a new legal entity.
(d) Inactive Entities. A person who ceases to be subject to Section 34507.5 of the Vehicle Code shall retain or forfeit an existing CA number according to the following:
(1) If a person ceases operations in California or fails to notify the department of a change of address pursuant to Section 1233.5 of this title for three or more years, the department may consider the person inactive and may place the person's CA number in inactive status. If the person subsequently resumes operations in California. the person's inactive CA number and its associated carrier record shall be restored to active status. The person shall not be assigned a new CA number.
(2) If a person ceases operations in California, or fails to notify the department of a change of address pursuant to Section 1233.5 of this title for six or more years, the department may consider the person no longer to exist, or no longer subject to Section 34507.5 of the Vehicle Code, and may purge the CA number and its associated records from the department's record system. If the person resumes operations in California subsequent to the purge of the records, the person's original CA number shall not be restored, and the person shall be treated as a new applicant pursuant to section 1235.1.
(3) The department may delay purging an inactive CA number and its associated record from its automated system beyond the time frames in subsections (1) or (2) for any reason, and is not obligated to place a record in inactive status at any particular time.
(e) Mergers and Acquisitions. When two or more persons combine into one organization through a merger, acquisition or other legal transaction, retention of existing CA numbers and issuance of new numbers shall be governed as follows:
(1) When a new partnership, corporation, or limited liability company is formed from former entities, some or all of whom held CA numbers, the resulting new organization is a new person and shall apply for a new CA number pursuant to Section 1235.1. The CA number of any former entity that no longer exists or no longer operates vehicles that would make it subject to Section 34507.5 of the Vehicle Code, may be placed in inactive status by the department.
(2) When a person acquires another person's business assets and will continue to operate as the same person he or she was prior to making the acquisition, as opposed to reorganizing as a new legal entity, that person shall retain his or her existing CA number and shall advise the department which terminals purchased from the the former owner, if any, will be operated by the new owner. If vehicles described in Vehicle Code Section 34500 are to be operated from any of those terminals, the department will create new terminal records under the new owner's existing CA number for those terminals, and will place the terminals at those addresses that are under the former owner's CA number in inactive status.
(3) All vehicles acquired in the transaction that are the subject of Section 34507.5 of the Vehicle Code shall be remarked with the name or DBA name and CA number of that person pursuant to that section, Sections 27900 and 27901 of that code, and Sections 1256 or 1256.5 of this title.
(4) When ownership of a business operated as a sole proprietorship passes from one individual to another, including the passage of ownership between individual members of a family, the new owner is a different person and shall apply for a new CA number unless he or she already has one, in which case the transaction shall be treated as indicated in subsection (2).
(5) The new owner shall identify to the department the former entities that were acquired and that no longer exist as separate legal entities. In the case of acquisitions from an individual who will cease operations that would cause him or her to be subject to Section 34507.5 of the Vehicle Code, the new owner shall identify the former owner of the business or other organization to the department.
(6) If the new owner is a motor carrier as defined in Section 408 of the Vehicle Code, he or she shall identify which motor carrier terminals belonging to the former owner will continue to be operated as terminals of the new owner. If the new owner is subject to Section 34507.5 of the Vehicle Code solely because it is a motor carrier of property as defined in Section 34601 of the Vehicle Code, but is not a motor carrier as defined in Section 408 of the Vehicle Code, no business locations need be identified to the department except the new owner's principal place of business.
(f) Divisions and Dissolutions. When a motor carrier or motor carrier of property divides its operations into two or more new legal entities, the retention of an existing CA number and issuance of a new CA number shall be governed as follows:
(1) When the original motor carrier or motor carrier of property continues to exist as the same legal entity, it shall retain the CA number it had before the division, pursuant to subsection (d)(2).
(2) When the original motor carrier or motor carrier of property reorganizes as a different entity type, or as the same type but a new legal entity, that entity shall apply for a new CA number pursuant to Section 1235.1.
(3) The portion of the original legal entity which has been separated and formed into a new legal entity shall apply for a new CA number pursuant to Section 1235.1.
Vehicle Code 34500
Vehicle Code 34501
Vehicle Code 34507.5
Vehicle Code 34507.6
Vehicle Code 34620(a)
Vehicle Code 34621(b)(4)
(Added by Register 2002, No. 12.)