Becoming A Texas Owner-operator Truck Driver

If you want to become a Texas Owner Operator, there are a lot of things to consider. And like most big decisions, planning ahead and taking your time can means the difference in success and failure as an Owner Operator.

Complete independence vs security. While running under your own authority means complete independence, most Owner Operator truckers are leased onto a trucking company.

What type of freight do you like to haul? That preference will affect what type of truck you choose to buy, and that affects the loads you get, how recession-proof your segment of the business is, operating area, and insurance costs.

The nuts and bolts. Before you haul your first load, you’ll have to get your DOT number, and that’s regardless of whether you run interstate or if you prefer to be strictly a Texas Owner Operator and stick to intrastate loads. You can apply for your first USDOT number (it’s free) at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website (

And that’s just the beginning. As an Owner Operator looking to make money, you’ll want good insurance (there are tons of choices). Then you have to think about your operating authority, which determines the type of freight you can haul and the areas of Texas where you can legally run. You can have more than one operating authority, so learn more here.

To be a Texas Owner Operator, you’ll have to register your truck with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and get a certificate number, as well as registering your truck and trailer with the state. You can learn more about that here.

These are just a few of the things you should consider when you decide to become an Owner Operator Truck Driver in Texas. If you decide to go the route most Owner Operators take and run with an established company, you can find the best Texas motor carriers looking for Owner Operators here at