Many times, the question arises as to what are the various trucking authorities available. The right choice(s) can make the difference in the amount of money you can earn. There are a total of eight different authorities that you could apply for. You could obtain only one or all eight or a combination thereof. Of course, this is determined partially by whether or not you are going to have any trucks owned or leased. Having your own motor carrier authority gives you the opportunity to have owner-operators lease to your authority. Having your own broker authority gives you the opportunity to handle loads in excess of your own requirements through the utilization of other authorized motor carriers.