Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) and Filing
Complete your UCR filing, it’s fast and convenient. If you’re brand new, you need to pay for the UCR now. If you have already started your trucking company, it’s important to complete your UCR filing for the coming year. Registration usually starts October 1st and is due no later than December 31st. Don’t get stopped at a port and placed out of service or fined because you are not current with your UCR filings!
Who needs to file a UCR each year?
UCR requires individuals or companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce, or individuals or companies that make arrangements for the transportation of cargo and goods, to register their businesses and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. A “Commercial Motor Vehicle” is defined as a self-propelled or towed vehicle used on the highways in commerce principally to transport passengers or cargo, if the vehicle:
- Has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds or more
- Is designed to transport 10 or more passengers (including the driver)
- Is used to transport hazardous materials in a quantity that requires placarding.
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. For for-hire carriers, UCR replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS) program. SSRS was not renewed for 2007. The UCR program is similar to SSRS in that UCR is a Base-State system, under which a carrier pays UCR fees to one state on behalf of all participating states.
Have Any Questions?
If you have any questions about the UCR filing process, give the coaches at Motor Carrier HQ a call! We can answer any questions you have about starting your own trucking company and help you get your company on the road!