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What Is a Line Haul Owner Operator and How to Become One

What Does a Line Haul Owner-Operator Do?

A line haul owner-operator drives freight from one terminal to another. As a line haul owner-operator, you are typically only engaged in the transport of cargo and do not take part in loading or unloading or any other aspects of logistics operations. Your primary duties include configuring your rig so that it can safely pull each type of load. In the trucking business, line haul owner-operators may own their truck or participate in a lease program. You may also have a high-volume workload of short trips.

How to Become a Line Haul Owner-Operator

The qualifications that you need to become a line haul owner-operator include a class A commercial driver’s license (CDL), relevant driving experience, and a clean driving record with no DUIs. You may pursue a class B license to carry heavier loads or get special endorsements for hazardous materials or other variables. You may also need to register with your state’s DOT as well as obtain a motor carrier (MC) number if you plan to drive across state lines. A trucking or trade school can teach you the skills necessary to pass state licensing tests.