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American Samoa - Apply for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity

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Tentative Certificate

  1. Submit an application in writing.
  2. Applicants must be able to satisfactory show their financial ability to carry out any terms and conditions imposed upon issuance of the certificate.
  3. Upon finding that the service proposed to be rendered will promote the public convenience and is a necessity the Commission shall issue a tentative certificate.
  4. Pay the application fee.

Note: Upon the issuance of a tentative certificate, the Commission shall post notice of such issuance on the bulletin board at the police barracks.

Permanent Certificate

Objection to the issuance of permanent certificate: Individuals, firms, corporation, villages or agencies of the government whose rights or interest may be affected shall have the right to make written objections to the issuance of a permanent certificate. Any objection must be filed within 10 days of posting of notice of the issuance of a tentative certificate.

Hearing: Upon the close of the 10-day period for the filing of objections, the Commission shall set and give notice of a date for a hearing upon merits. The Commission shall consider the application and any objections filed thereto, and may hear testimony to aid in determining the propriety of granting a permanent application.

Issuance of order: Once the hearing is completed, the Commission will issue an order to grant a permanent certificate, or an order to revoke the tentative certificate. It shall then forward such order to the Department of Administrative Services for further action.

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Terms and condition

When the certificate is granted, the Commission may attach to the exercise of the rights therein conferred such terms and conditions as in its judgment the public convenience and necessity may require, which shall include the right and duty to transport newspapers.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application
  • A financial statement from which the commission can determine whether or not the applicant is able to engage successfully in the undertaking proposed in the application.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Commerce
American Samoa Government
A.P. Lutali Executive Office Bldg
Utulei, American Samoa 96799

Phone: 1 (684) 633-5155
Fax: 1 (684) 633-4195

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM


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A tentative certificate is valid for a period of 20 days.

The issuance of a tentative certificate shall vest no right, priority or legal interest in its holder.

A certificate of convenience and necessity can not be sold, transferred, leased, or assigned until the commercial carrier has operated thereunder for at least 70 days of continuous service, nor shall any contract or agreement with reference to or affecting any such certificate be made except with the written approval of the Commission; nor shall any person be permitted to assume any such certificate unless he or it possesses all the qualifications of, and meets all the requirements and assumes all the obligations imposed upon, an original applicant.

Alteration and revocation

The Commission may, for just cause, at any time alter, amend or revoke any certificate issued.

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Processing Time[edit]

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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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Required Information[edit]

  • the name of the individual, firm or corporation making the application;
  • the principal office or place of business of the applicant;
  • a schedule setting forth in detail the service which the applicant proposes to furnish;
  • complete description of the equipment which the applicant proposes to use in furnishing the service

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Need for the Document[edit]

A commercial carrier is required to obtain a Certificate of convenience and necessity from the Government Commerce Commission of American Samoa before starting operations.

A Commercial carrier means a person operating a commercial means of conveyance on or between the islands of American Samoa, excluding aircraft, vessels, or a tramway.

Following is a procedure on how you can apply for a Certificate of convenience and necessity.

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External Links[edit]

  • American Samoa Bar Association:

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