Applying for a DOT number means opening up the floodgates to endless emails, and letters saying that you must pay this company this amount of money or risk losing your operating authority. It’s unfortunate but 99% of these are complete scams, and you really should throw them away. However, every once in awhile one will come through that you should pay attention to. The annual UCR registration is one of those notices.
What is UCR?
- Unified Carrier Registration
- Replaces SSRS in collecting fees from interstate operators
Who does it affect?
- Applies to Motor Carriers, Motor Private Carriers, Freight Forwarders, Brokers and Leasing Companies
- Participating States: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
What if my state doesn’t participate?
- UCR fees depend not at all on the extent of a carrier’s operations, only on the fact that it is engaged to some extent in interstate commerce. A carrier may, for example, have operations in just a few States, none of which participate in the UCR Agreement. Its UCR fees will be the same as a carrier that operates the same number of commercial motor vehicles but whose operations extend to all participating States. Neither will it matter under the UCR Agreement, which State is acting as a carrier’s Base State – the level of UCR fees for a fleet of a given size will stay the same.
What are the fees?
Fees may change every year.
- Annual fees based on fleet size
- Brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies pay only $76.00
- Different CMV definition from other DOT standards (FAQ L35 & R8)
- 11+ passengers (including the driver) going to the airport or out of state.
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What do I have to do?
- Register annually at https://www.ucr.gov
- Pay Fees
UCR Violation Example
- R8. A for-hire bus with a maximum seating capacity of 11 people, including the driver, picks up passengers at an airport. Some of the passengers are from out of state. The passengers are transported 22 miles to a downtown drop off location. The carrier has a USDOT number (interstate) but is not registered under UCR. Should a violation be listed on this inspection report for no UCR registration?
- Violation for no UCR. Refer to L1 and N2 of the Q&A.
This is not a fee that you must submit through a service. Beware of spam emails offering to help with the process or asserting that only they can help you maintain compliance. Official emails may be received for all participants from the State of Indiana.
For more information got to https://www.ucr.gov/