Platinum Moving Services: Licenses and Accreditations
As a consumer, you want to be sure that the moving or shipping company you are working with is trustworthy, safe, insured, and licensed. If a company can’t demonstrate their authorization and eligibility to operate as a moving and shipping company, they may not be reliable—and you might get scammed.
When you are getting quotes from different movers, we encourage you to ask them about their licenses and accreditations. We are happy to provide ours!
Moving Licenses and Accreditations Held by Platinum Moving
- Platinum holds a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) license (#022258NF). The FMC is an independent federal agency that regulates and monitors international ocean transport from the United States. In order to retain this important license, we must meet all FMC regulations and statutes.
- For our ground moving and shipping services, we hold a Department of Transportation (DOT) license (#1682891). To keep our business in good standing, we must comply with all of the DOT’s safety regulations.
- We also have an “Interstate Operating Authority” number (MC #1682891), which allows Platinum to operate as a for-hire carrier and to transport federally-regulated commodities.
- Platinum is licensed by the State Department as a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) freight forwarder. We are certified to provide military shipping services in the Washington, DC area as well as nationally and internationally.
- We are members of the International Association of Movers (IAM), and when moving or shipping internationally, we only work with fellow members to ensure quality.
If you have any questions about Platinum’s licenses or qualifications, please call us at 301-591-3858.
How to Avoid Moving Company Scams
Unfortunately, we all have to watch out for unethical operators in the moving business. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has some excellent advice on protecting yourself from fraudulent movers. Here are some highlights; get more information from protectyourmove.gov.
- Don’t agree to pay “up front.” If a moving company says they require cash or a big deposit before the move, they are likely trying to scam you.
- Don’t sign an incomplete or blank document. Rogue movers will fill in extra services at high prices. Get copies of everything you sign.
- Don’t agree to an over-the-phone estimate; a reputable moving company will come to your home or other location and do an in-person survey for a more accurate estimate.
- Get several written estimates from different moving companies.
- Ask for proof of licenses and insurance.
Be safe when you move! All it takes is some research and a little homework to make sure you are working with a reliable, honest moving company.