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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission or WMATC is a regulatory agency established by the Washington Metropolitan Area Regulation Compact, an interstate compact established between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, and consented to by Congress under Public Law 86-794 in 1960[1] to regulate passenger common carriers operating within the District of Columbia, and the suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.


A common carrier desiring to offer passenger transportation for hire within the "Metropolitan District" must register with the commission and obtain a WMATC number. This includes public bus systems owned by cities and counties within the region if managed and operated by a private company. Carriers directly operated by a state, or a municipality within the region are exempt from registration. Carriers operating exclusively within Virginia are exempt from registration with WMATC as they would register with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. [2]

Taxicab companies that operate vehicles carrying 9 or fewer passengers (including the driver) are also exempt from registration with WMATC.

Being authorized by the commission and issued a WMATC number to operate vehicles(s) means the organization does not have to register as a common carrier with the U.S. Department of Transportation if they operate exclusively within the Metropolitan District. Depending on the type of service, it may or may not have to also register with the District of Columbia Department of For-Hire Vehicles, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and/or the Maryland Public Service Commission. WMATC serves as a single registration point for passenger common carriers operating within the "Metropolitan District," consisting of the District of Columbia; the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington County and Fairfax County and the political subdivisions located within those counties, and that portion of Loudoun County occupied by Dulles International Airport; and Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland and political subdivisions located within those counties.


The general requirement to obtain a WMATC number is similar to the U.S. Department of Transportation's requirement to obtain a DOT number, or most state Public Utilities Commissions to obtain a state registration number: submit a set of tariffs stating prices for services, pay a fee of about $500, and provide evidence of either a minimum of $1.5 million in insurance for carriers operating vehicles having 15 passengers or less (including the driver), or at least $5 million in insurance for carriers operating vehicles which can carry more than 15 persons.

As with any other registration system, the carrier posts their number on the outside of their vehicles in the form "WMATC 126".

WMATC should not be confused with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) which is the bus and train operator for the City of Washington and suburbs. WMATA is also exempt from regulation by WMATC.


  1. ^ "Data" (PDF).
  2. ^ Jurisdiction of the Commission, (Retrieved 2013-04-18.)

External links

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