Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC)


The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) is a unique two-to-four letter coding system used to identify transportation companies.

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) assigns SCAC codes for all companies except those codes used for identification of freight containers not operating exclusively in North America, intermodal chassis and trailers, non-railroad owned rail cars, and railroads.

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Download a quick and easy reference guide on SCAC codes. This infographic shares if and why you need a SCAC.

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most-asked questions.

You Now Have 24/7/365 Access

The newest version of the SCAC application is now live, giving you the convenience you need, when you need it. Applying, renewing, and managing your SCAC has never been easier.

Goodbye Phone Calls and Faxes!

Need a SCAC or want to renew an existing one? No problem. With the latest version of SCAC, you can easily apply or renew a SCAC at any time and completely online!


Easily Renew and Eliminate the Risk of an Expired SCAC

The Easy Renew feature makes it possible to quickly renew your existing SCAC without a login. In addition, automated notices remind you when it’s time to renew so you don’t forget! If your SCAC does lapse, you can quickly renew online so your SCAC is updated instantly in real time.

It's a Small, Multilingual World

SCAC supports English, Spanish, and French languages and can be easily translated with a simple click. The transportation world is global and this latest version of SCAC provides on-demand language translation, making it easier to manage your information anywhere.

More Benefits of SCAC

  • Are you a planner? Just let us know! Automated future cancellation dates replace the outdated manual system processes of the past.
  • On the road? A responsive mobile interface makes it easy to view your SCAC information on your phone or other mobile devices.
  • Tired of printed forms, calls, and faxes? Easily renew or apply for a new SCAC online.