The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program is a Federally-mandated, annual state-administered registration program for interstate motor carriers. Motor carriers, motor private carriers, freight forwarders, leasing companies and brokers based in the United States, Canada, Mexico, or any other country that operate in interstate or international commerce in the United States must register under the UCR program, through which, carriers pay UCR fees through their base states on behalf of all participating states. If you are an interstate carrier based in a non- participating state, you still must comply, and a base state will be assigned to you.
The current state fee schedule* was established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") for the 2023 UCR year and all subsequent years thereafter [Federal Register 2022-18944]. It is codified at 49 C.F.R. § 367.30. These fee brackets will remain in full force and effect moving forward until and unless modified by FMCSA.
On August 26, 2021, the UCR Board recommended to FMCSA it reduce fees for the 2023 UCR year. FMCSA commenced rulemaking on Jan. 24, 2022 and finalized the rule on Sept. 1, 2022.*
The UCR Board of Directors has advised the public it will cease 2021 late fee collection through its the National Registration System (NRS) on Sept. 30, 2022. Non-compliance with UCR is determined through roadside inspection & in-office audits by your base state.
UCR fees are based on the total number of vehicles operated by a carrier in interstate commerce. Trailers are not counted as vehicles. The number of commercial motor vehicles for purposes of determining carrier UCR fees is the number of self-propelled commercial motor vehicles the carrier reported in the most recent Form MCS-150 filed with the FMCSA.
Interstate motor carriers must update their MCS-150 record every two years by filing a biennial report with USDOT.
NOTICE: The Current MCS-150 form
will expire on October 31, 2022.
Entities not required to register under the UCR program include: USDOT registrants (usually owner-operators that do not have interstate authority) under the PRISM program and private interstate motor carriers of passengers; Purely intrastate carriers, that is, those that do not engage in interstate transportation across state lines or otherwise operate in interstate commerce.