What is the Difference Between an Interstate and an Intrastate Move?



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Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially if you're not familiar with the terminology used in the moving industry. One of the most important distinctions to understand is the difference between interstate and intrastate moves. When booking your moving and storage service, it's important to know what services you really need.

Interstate moves, also known as long-distance moves, are moves that cross state lines. These moves require a moving company to obtain a US DOT number (Department of Transportation) and adhere to federal regulations, including registering with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). This regulatory oversight ensures that interstate movers are held accountable for safety and quality standards. It's important to note that an interstate move does not have to be a cross-country move. Any move that crosses a state line is considered an interstate move, even if the new location is only a few miles away.

In contrast, intrastate moves are moves that occur within the same state. While intrastate movers may not be subject to federal regulations, they may still be subject to state regulations. Some states require intrastate movers to obtain a state license or permit, carry certain levels of insurance, or follow specific guidelines related to pricing and contracts. It's important to research the regulations in your state if you're planning an intrastate move.

When it comes to the actual moving process, both interstate and intrastate moves require a similar level of preparation and planning. However, interstate moves may require additional logistical considerations, such as coordinating with multiple state agencies or navigating different state laws related to moving.

At Victory Van Corporation, we understand the importance of knowing the difference between interstate and intrastate moves. As a full-service mover, we have the expertise to handle both types of moves with ease. We're fully licensed and insured for interstate moves and are familiar with the regulations and requirements for each state we serve. We also have the experience and knowledge to navigate any unique challenges that may arise during an intrastate move, including state-specific regulations or logistical hurdles.


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In conclusion, whether you're planning an interstate or intrastate move, it's important to work with a reputable and knowledgeable mover to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. At Victory Van Corporation, we're committed to providing our clients with top-notch service, no matter the distance or destination. Contact us today to get a free quote.