How to Start a Transportation Business in Michigan

Viable transport methods in Michigan include cycling, taxi, trains, airplanes and trucking.
Viable transport methods in Michigan include cycling, taxi, trains, airplanes and trucking. (Image: Transportation image by Louise McGilviray from

Transportation in Michigan is diverse due to the well-developed infrastructure in the town. Some of the transport methods available include cycling, taxi, trains, airplanes and trucking companies. You need to comply with Michigan rules and policies to operate in Michigan. One of these rules includes the fact that as the employer you need to conduct regular drug tests on your employees. It would also be advisable to join associations or organizations that will keep you informed about what is going on in the industry such as Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA).

Research and come up with a business type. Select the type of transport business that you would like to operate. The various transport businesses that you can start in Michigan include limousine services, taxi services, medical transportation, courier services, an auto transport business and charter/bus company. The requirements will vary depending on the business type you select.

Get the vehicles you will use for your business. If you do not have a lot of funds, it would be advisable to buy used vehicles instead of new vehicles. Register you vehicles with the Michigan department of transportation and get the various permits required to operate the vehicle. The permits vary depending on the size of the vehicle.

Get a license. You will need to obtain a CDL (commercial driver license) to operate your vehicles and a Transport Business License to operate your business. The CDL license fee is $25. Apply for a Business license from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Michigan Department of Transportation Transport Permits Unit P.O. Box 30648 Lansing, MI 48909

Contact them to inquire about the fees for obtaining the license and permits.

Advertise your business. Market yourself and the services you offer. You can advertise on the radio or give out fliers. Offer discounts and promotions to attract people to your business.

Advertise your business well.
Advertise your business well. (Image: advertising image by Boguslaw Mazur from

Tips & Warnings

  • Join the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association for resources and training to improve your business.

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