How to verify that Your Moving Company has the Proper PUC number and Insurance

Engaging a company to help you move is a completely unique life experience. It is the only time that you will entrust all of your possessions to people who are essentially strangers. Therefore, we suggest that before you hire a moving and storage company, that you check its insurance status and PUC number.

What is the PUC Number?

The California Public Utilities Commissions is an entity that regulates electric power, telecommunications, natural gas and water companies as well as moving companies. Any legitimate moving company will have a PUC number assigned to it by this body. Consumers can check with The California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC), to see a company’s PUC number. An inspection of a company’s PUC number will reveal that company’s Workers’ Compensation Certificate. The CPUC’s headquarters are located in the Civic Center district of San Francisco. It also has field offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Here is their contact information.

San Francisco Office (HQ)

505 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

(Corner of Van Ness & McAllister)

PH: 415.703.2782

FAX: 415.703.1758

800.848.5580 (Toll Free)


Consumers can also learn more about a company’s PUC number by contacting


Moving Companies and Insurance

The laws governing how much and what type of insurance moving companies must have originate from both federal and state regulations. Moving companies must carry general liability, cargo coverage and worker’s compensation insurance in order to cover the safety of persons and damage to property. Moving companies must also comply with regulations from The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which operates under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

As a provider of the best moving and storage in Los Angeles, Russell’s is proud to guarantee you that we are 100% licensed and insured!