Business associations exist to provide information, education and business networking. Several tow truck associations exist at the state and national level. Associations can be particularly helpful when it comes to licensing and other legal issues. Owners of towing companies can seek to create business contacts and keep abreast of developments in the industry by joining a towing association.
In most businesses, getting the services of an association is completely optional. However, many states require certification to get licensed for operating a tow truck. Therefore, anyone interested in owning a towing company or driving a truck should first check to see if there is a state license requirement.
A good example of this can be found in Texas. Certain tow truck operators must get certified to drive and haul away vehicles. For Texas, there are five possible associations that can be used to obtain certification: the Towing and Recovery Association of America, the Texas Towing and Storage Association, WreckMaster, Inc., AAA-Texas and the Southwest Tow Operators Association.
In other words, there are many competing towing associations that provide the necessary training and certification for getting licensed. It is not feasible to list all of the associations for every state here, as that information often changes, anyway. Just be aware of the fact that some states will have a state-wide agency for towing license and certification that approves a state, regional or national tow truck association for certification purposes.
Of course, that does not mean there are no benefits to also joining as a member of an association. These organizations are typically good sources of information on changes in the law and other valuable information that can affect your towing company and business practices.
You should first check to see if there is a local towing association with an online website. A quick search online reveals that there is a California Tow Truck Association, a Missouri Tow Truck Association and similar organizations in multiple states. These are generally good sources of information about how to run a towing business in that individual state.
There are also some popular national associations that can provide benefits. These include the American Auto Association (AAA) and the Towing and Recovery Association of America. TRAA provides a handy list of member associations in various states, including contact information. Refer to that list when getting into the towing-company business (see Resources).
State of Texas Towing Operator Licensing and Certification Details
TRAA Member Tow Truck Association List