Very green to the broker world. I am wondering if I need to get myself a freight broker license? I currently work a manufacturing company and over the past few years there has been a constant struggle with finding drivers for our loads. This is on both finished goods and raw materials. That being said, I have started to research starting up a trucking business to run loads for my current employer. I have friends/previous employees who are O/O who currently use broker boards to acquire loads. This lead me to thinking that I could start an LLC and sub contracted these drivers. Question is would I need the freight broker license, USDOT number, application fee, freight broker bond, ect. I would not be posting these loads on a board but would rather be "partnering" up with the O/O who already have their USDOT number, licenses, insurance, ect. Plan is to set my LLC up as the preferred carrier and I would have the O/O sign the sub contractors agreement. I have not been able to find specific examples of this on any of these forums so any input is appreciated. Also if anyone has any legal information regarding brokers or what actually determines if a company is a broker.