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49 USC § 13901 – REQUIREMENT FOR REGISTRATION
(a) In General. — A person may provide transportation as a motor carrier subject to jurisdiction under subchapter I of chapter 135 or service as a freight forwarder subject to jurisdiction under subchapter III of such chapter, or service as a broker for transportation subject to jurisdiction under subchapter I of such chapter only if the person is registered under this chapter to provide such transportation or service.
(b) Registration Numbers.—
(1) In general. — If the Secretary registers a person under this chapter to provide transportation or service, including as a motor carrier, freight forwarder, or broker, the Secretary shall issue a distinctive registration number to the person for each such authority to provide transportation or service for which the person is registered.
(2) Transportation or service type indicator.— A number issued under paragraph (1) shall include an indicator of the type of transportation or service for which the registration number is issued, including whether the registration number is issued for registration of a motor carrier, freight forwarder, or broker.
(c) Specification of Authority. — For each agreement to provide transportation or service for which registration is required under this chapter, the registrant shall specify, in writing, the authority under which the person is providing such transportation or service.
49 USC § 14916 – UNLAWFUL BROKERAGE ACTIVITIES
(a) Prohibited Activities. — A person may provide interstate brokerage services as a broker only if that person—
(1) Is registered under, and in compliance with, section 13904; and
(2) has satisfied the financial security requirements under section 13906.
(b) Exceptions. — Subsection (a) shall not apply to—
(1) a non-vessel-operating common carrier (as defined in section 40102 of title 46) or an ocean freight forwarder (as defined in section 40102 of title 46) when arranging for inland transportation as part of an international through movement involving ocean transportation between the United States and a foreign port;
(2) a customs broker licensed in accordance with section 111.2 of title 19, Code of Federal Regulations, only to the extent that the customs broker is engaging in a movement under a customs bond or in a transaction involving customs business, as defined by section 111.1 of title 19, Code of Federal Regulations; or
(3) an indirect air carrier holding a Standard Security Program approved by the Transportation Security Administration, only to the
extent that the indirect air carrier is engaging in the activities as an air carrier as defined in section 40102(2) or in the activities defined in section 40102(3).
(c) Civil Penalties and Private Cause of Action.— Any person who knowingly authorizes, consents to, or permits, directly or indirectly, either alone or in conjunction with any other person, a violation of subsection (a) is liable—
(1) to the United States Government for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each violation; and
(2) to the injured party for all valid claims incurred without regard to amount.
(d) Liable Parties. — The liability for civil penalties and for claims under this section for unauthorized brokering shall apply, jointly and severally—
(1) to any corporate entity or partnership involved; and
(2) to the individual officers, directors, and principals of such entities.