Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity
A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity is the grant of operating authority that common carriers receive. A carrier must prove that a public need exists and that the carrier is fit, willing, and able to provide the needed service. The certificate may specify the commodities the carrier may haul, and the routes it may use. The certificate is also the authority to charge regulated rates.
The Office of Public Carrier Regulation administers the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity program. The program ensures that common carriers providing essential services have the authority to do so, and that they operate in a safe and efficient manner.
The Office of Public Carrier Regulation (OCPR) oversees the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) program which is responsible for ensuring that essential common carriers have the authority to operate safely and efficiently. A CPCN is required for any company wishing to provide common carrier
Most major transportation companies have a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This includes trucking, rail, and airline companies. Without this certificate, these companies would not be able to operate nationwide. The certificate allows these companies to provide essential transportation services to businesses and consumers.