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Interstate vs. Intrastate Moves

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Interstate vs. Intrastate Move

Knowing your rights and being fully educated on your move is an essential to having a successful move. Most people today are unfamiliar with proper moving terminology and processes. This lack of knowledge could potentially cost them more money and stress than they could even imagine. Understanding what type of move you will be performing is step #1 in starting your move on the right path.

In the process of searching for a moving company, you are often asked if you are moving interstate or intrastate, but knowing the difference between the 2 could be tricky. The benefit of being educated on this topic when it comes to your move is that you are better protected against possible scams, and more importantly, you’ll know your rights during your move. Knowing what type of move you are performing accompanied with the laws and regulations can save you time, energy, and money. If you are not sure between the two types of moves, we’ve broken them both down for you.

What is an Interstate Move? - When you are performing an interstate move, you are essentially moving or transporting goods in and out of state lines, including international moves.

Interstate moves are governed by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) rules and regulations. It is considered an interstate move if it involves a long distance moving company crossing a state line at any point during the move. Even if the actual moving truck or van doesn’t cross state lines (i.e. your goods are moved via train), it is still considered an interstate move if your goods cross state lines.

Here is an infographic that illustrates the 4 main ways your move could be considered "Interstate":

What is an Intrastate Move? - Intrastate moves consist of movers completing a move without crossing the border of another state.

Intrastate or local movers are not regulated by the FMCSA. Rules that apply to interstate moves are completely different from intrastate. Moving within a state means that you will have to understand the terms and conditions of moving as they change based on the state you reside in. Rules and regulations are outlined by the individual states and should be researched properly. Some states have more stringent licensing and monitoring guidelines than others.

Although you may be completing an intrastate move, moving companies can charge a long distance fee. Before choosing a licensed mover, make sure you aren’t hit with fees you weren’t made aware of. Understand your rights and verify licensing with each moving company before choosing. For more information on state guidelines, contact your state agency.

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