Interstate and intrastate moving—what’s the difference? It might be easy to assume they’re relatively the same thing, but that’s not the case. Intrastate moving refers to any move that contained within state lines. Interstate moving, on the other hand, applies to any relocation that requires moving beyond state lines. Depending on the type of move you plan to undergo, you may be subject to varying state moving regulations. At Ed’s Moving and Storage, we know relocation can be stressful and confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this overview to help you understand the differences between intrastate and interstate moving.


Interstate Moving

Interstate moving involves any move that must pass goods outside of state lines. It encompasses relocation to a new state or country, and even covers certain moves that start and end in the same state. Interstate moving companies are subject to FMCSA regulations and are aware of varying state regulations for the relocation of goods. Hiring an interstate moving company helps ensure that your belongings are transported safely and legally, helping you to avoid unnecessary fees and violations. Typically, the distance covered during an interstate move is much greater than that of an intrastate move. For that reason, interstate relocation is more costly than strictly local moves.


Intrastate Moving

Intrastate moving refers to any relocation contained in state lines. However, if you plan to move to another city within your current state and you must cross state lines to arrive there, you are completing an interstate move. Say for example you plan to move to a new city within the state you currently reside. To get there, you must follow major highways that weave in and out of your current state. As long as you leave your home state during your move, it’s still considered an interstate relocation.


Intrastate movers are not regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); interstate movers are, on the other hand. If your move is strictly local, you will not have to worry about changes in state moving regulations or obtaining permits. It’s important to be aware that even a relocation to a new city within the same state can still qualify as an interstate move. Knowing the difference can save you from hiring a moving company that is not licensed to perform interstate relocation.


Professional Movers in the Seattle Metro Area

Whether you’re relocating locally or long-distance, Ed’s Moving and Storage is here to help. For over 50 years, we’ve been moving families and businesses around the country and the world. We value our customers and strive to provide a stress-free moving experience and world-class customer service. If you have any questions about our services or would like schedule an estimate, give us a call. You can reach us at (253) 581-2446, or you can message us at