July 14, 2015
Understanding the UCR Process and Fees
What is the UCR?
In September 2007, a federally mandated, state administrated program called the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement went into effect. Under this program, states collect fees from motor carriers, private motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies, based on the number of qualifying commercial motor vehicles in their fleets. The fees acquired by UCR are used by the states to support its safety programs and USDOT officer training.
UCR Process and Fee Structure
Each company is required to pay the UCR fee with a base state. If your base state doesn’t participate in the program, you are required to pay your UCR fee through a neighboring participating state. Currently, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Wyoming and the District of Columbia do not participate in the UCR.
Your fleet size is determined by the number of commercial motor vehicles you own or operate in interstate commerce. Brokers and leasing companies are required to pay the 0-2 fee tier and trailers are not included in fleet size.
The current fees for each fleet size are as listed below:
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Not Paying the UCR Fee
Failure to pay UCR fees will hurt your business in the long run. If you cross into UCR participating states without having paid your UCR fee, the state and its USDOT officers will pull your trucks off the road immediately and they will not release your trucks until the UCR fees are paid. Not only will you be pulled off the road for not paying your fees, but you’ll also be subject to additional fines and penalties.
Rather than wondering if you need to file your UCR or how to go about it, Motor Carrier HQ can help you. We specialize in filing UCR registrations so you don’t have to. Don’t get stopped at a port and placed out of service or fined because you are not current with you UCR filings, contact us today.