Changes will be ushered in for 2019 and 2020 that will reduce fees issued by the Unified Carrier Registration, which is good news for truckers and carriers around the United States. The change comes about as a result of new limits authorized by congress that set a maximum level for the fees that may not be exceeded. The goal is that more companies are eligible for registration, while also lowering the fees paid by those already in operation.
The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) system is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation and replaces the previous system known as the Single State Registration System (SSRS). Regardless of other changes, the revenue generated is earmarked for the same purpose, which is to help fund programs and training for the Department of Transportation.
The major change is that more companies (and their equipment) are subject to the fee schedule, but the amount of the fees has been lowered across the board. The amount of the fee is determined primarily by the number of trucks or fleet size, along with payments for processing and handling.
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Fee Schedule For Unified Carrier Registration Program
The UCR payments are made within the state that is the primary residence of the company and if the state does not participate in the program, the payment can be made to the closest state that does. Even if the primary state of your business is not within a state participating in the UCR, you are still subject to the fees and required to register. For the specifics of the registration and associated fees, you can click here to learn about the fee schedule. As mentioned above, there are a handful of states that are not part of the program, in which case you’ll still have to pay the fee, but for the nearest participating state that is in the program.
There are stiff penalties if you’re not compliant and trucks will be pulled off the road by the Department of Transportation until the proper payments are made. The are also additional financial penalties that may be applied for noncompliance, which can be costly, both in terms of the fines themselves, as well as the time lost during the transport process.
Unified Carrier Registration System - The FMCSA website about the UCR system, including a brief explanation and links to other resources that may be helpful for those wishing to learn more about it.
United Carrier Registration website - If you’re a carrier or company that wants to check on the status of your UCR fee payments, this website has what you’re looking for. Simply enter your USDOT number and the information is at your fingertips.