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CMT is a collection of food truck owners, auctioneers, and enthusiasts that believe that there’s a large enough audience of mobile restaurateurs out there that need a quality auction house to list there food truck for sale.

As the food truck movement continues to grow, we’ve identified a real need for coordination information regarding getting started, rules and regulations, as well as the sale / purchase of vehicles to start a food truck business.

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food truck business licenses and permits

Whether you want to take your franchise to the next level or you just want to start with a food business, running a food truck is a great choice. However, you just don’t start the business by finding a truck, cooking, and serving the food.

As with any food-related business, there are federal, state, and local regulations you have to follow as well as permits and licenses that you have to obtain. 

Permits and licenses will vary depending on where you want to operate. Although you’ll be spending on permits and licenses, getting them before you operate saves you from paying fines. Also, the permits and licenses make your business legal. 

Food Truck Licenses And Permits

Certain permits and licenses are needed to run a food truck and that will depend on where you are in the US. However, there are some common licenses and permits that you have to get no matter where you are. Some of them may be differently named depending on the state or city but they will usually cover the same things. 

It is best to always check your locality for the list of permits and licenses required to operate. Remember that you should also obtain other permits and licenses required by the area you plan to go and visit. If you are planning to cross state lines to attend food truck festivals, then you have to make sure you check all the list of requirements for your home state and the state you are visiting. 

Usually, these permits, certifications and licenses are common requirements for all areas to open and operate your food truck business:

Business License

This license can be obtained from different states. It identifies your food truck as a business and makes it legal and registered. 

Tax ID

This is also obtained from the state. This number can also be the same number found on your business license because they are related. This will 

Employer Identification Number

This is also known as the EIN and it takes the place of your personal social insurance number when filling out forms and other applications. 

Driver’s License And Registration

The food truck is a vehicle after all, which is why you also need a driver’s license plus registration. The type of driver’s license you should have will depend on the weight of the food truck. Some may be required to have a commercial driver’s license. Also, some trucks may require commercial plates. It would be best to check your locality to see what their exact requirements are. 

Mobile Food Vendor License

This license has a reputation for being a challenge to obtain. Due to the booming food truck industry, some cities have limited the number of licenses that can operate at a given time. Some even have a very long waitlist, which is why you should first check your city to see how difficult or easy it would be to get one.

Food Handler Certificate

Any business that is in the foodservice industry needs this certificate to operate. It is standard for anyone handling, storing, or cooking food.

Parking Permit

You just can’t park your truck anywhere and sell food. You also need to have a permit where you want to park and conduct your business. Most of the time, you also have to pay for that parking spot too. 

Food Truck Commissaries

In some states and cities, it is not allowed to prepare the food on the food truck itself so a commissary or another facility where food is prepared is needed. Here, you can have a commercial kitchen to prepare food so that it would be easier to serve on the food trucks. 

Even if food preparation is allowed in some states, having a commissary would still make it easier to serve food fast. The dishes can be pre-portioned so you’ll only spend a few minutes to get the dishes ready to be served. 

It is possible to rent out a commissary for your food truck from a large commercial kitchen, which provides either a shared or private space. This option is better for startup businesses because it is less expensive than having a commissary built and licensed on your own.  


Permits and licenses required for running a food truck business can be different from one area to another. The difficulty of getting such permits and licenses also vary from one city to another. Checking your city for the list of requirements should be on the top of your list if you are planning to start a food truck business. Challenging as it may seem, many have proven that going through all of them is worth it. 


Franchising is a good system for expanding one’s restaurant business, and the key to a successful franchise is trust.

The franchise owner and the local operator needs to have a good relationship so that they can both help each other in establishing the business and extending the franchise service to that locality.

In today’s competitive world, franchisors also need to always be innovative. One way to do that is to consider or look into the possibility of using food trucks. Food trucks are very popular today and the masses have come to accept them although there are still some who don’t like them. 

food truck

Are you ready to join the food truck industry? Have you asked yourself all the essential questions before deciding? It’s not yet too late to own one and having one is a great idea to start your food business. Also, a food truck is a great addition to your current restaurant. It can help you expand your business and your reach.

With all the benefits that you can get out of purchasing a food truck, it is no surprise that many people want one. But before you purchase a food truck, there are some things that you should look for and they include the following…


Couple buying pasta from food truck at outdoor market

We love our food truck, and we especially love our fellow food truckers!

And thanks to strong demand and a hungry public, there seems to be more and more food truck owners every year – which is absolutely great!

For business owners the proliferation of mobile food businesses means that we’ve got to step up our game every year and differentiate ourselves to keep up with the increased competition.

While food truck marketing is more of an art than a science, we’ve learned over the years that a unique theme can set your food business apart from others, especially if you food quality matches your unique-ness.

So where to start?


food truck festival

It’s summer, and you know what that means?

That’s right – festival time!

If you own a restaurant or a food truck truck festivals are a great way to bring your food to new customers.  Not to mention they’re a an absolute blast to work.  So without further ado, we wanted to mention 6 of our favorites in the United States…


benefits of food trucks

Having a thriving restaurant is pretty amazing especially during this day and age when the competition is tough.

But did you know that you can take your success a step further simply by using food trucks?

Why Should You Use Food Trucks?

Makes You Mobile

Being mobile makes it a whole lot easier for you to reach customers. Bring your food truck to a festival so more people can discover you. If they loved your food, you may see them in your restaurant even if they need to travel just to dine in.


wedding food caterer

Food truck catering is becoming a very popular choice for weddings. If you have a food truck business, tapping into this kind of market should be one of your goals to better market your business. It opens up a whole new world of customers and they are a very profitable market.

Before you sign a couple up for your food truck catering service for their wedding day, it is best to know more about your customers. Here are some reasons why a couple might want to hire a food truck caterer. Use this information to better meet their demands and expectations.


CMT Auctions Food Trucks in DC

Owning a food truck is pretty awesome, and well…fun!.

Sure it’s hard work (ALOT of hard work) but I think we can all agree that running a mobile food enterprise is indeed fun, rewarding, and with the added benefit of being your own boss!

While it can be an exciting adventure, it’s important to remember that your food truck is a business and it should be making you money on a consistent basis.

As such your food truck needs to be properly marketed to help you expand your audience and keep existing customers coming back.


Anyone who is looking to start a food truck business must already have a cuisine in mind. But if you think that is enough to start a food truck business, you are wrong.  Before, leaving your full-time job in order to start a food truck business there are some important considerations that should be always kept in mind.  As is rightly said if you start doing anything without proper homework, the chances of achieving great success are really thin. So before you directly jump into the business of running a food truck, you must ask yourself a few questions.


Food Truck Towing

Today’s article is based on some lessons learned from having to call for a tow truck on I485 outside of Charlotte, NC.  Thanks to the guys from Top Dogz Towing Company for their service and their advice in putting this article together.

For Food Truck owners, there’s basically two reasons why one might need to tow a food truck.  The first, and possibly most obvious reason is because the food truck you own is not self-propelled (ie: it’s built on a towable trailer), and second is your food truck has broken down.  As the owner of a converted 1971 VW Bus, I’ve had to opt for the latter more time than I care to admit, and from the countless food truck owner-operators I’ve met over the years, that seem to be the rule rather than the exception.


Phat Cart Food Truck

If you love street food,  you’re are hungry and need some savory in a pinch, a food truck can be a great choice over traditional brick-and-mortar .

With that being said, gone are the days of food trucks serving up budget food.  In fact, there are now food trucks scattered throughout various cities serving up some of the most gourmet meals you will find anywhere. As a result, food trucks have gained a cult following and they have become a staple part of a lot of the culinary scenes across the entire country.

We’ve had a fun time trying them all, but in our humble opinion, here are the Top 7 Food Trucks In America for 2017…



So you’ve made the decision be a food truck owner.  Good for you!

This is the critical first, and most important, step in a career that can rewarding on so many levels, not least of which is financially.  And while nothing is for sure, especially in the restaurant business, food trucks are cost effective business solutions for the newbie restaurateur, providing that you’re the type that can handle the uncertainty that comes with the complete autonomy of being your own boss.