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Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program

Learn how the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement affects your business

Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program

Learn how the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement affects your business
UCR overview

The Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business with their home state and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. The revenues generated are used for enforcement of motor carrier safety programs.

Fees are determined for a “commercial motor vehicle” that’s  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 GVWR or GVW of 10,001 pounds or more.
  • Is designed to transport 11 or more passengers (including the driver); or
  • Is used in transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding
Vehicle role breakdown

Companies need to register and pay a fee of $69 if they are:

  • Operating solely as brokers
  • Freight forwarders
    Leasing companies

Companies providing both motor carrier services as well as broker, freight forwarder, or leasing services need to pay the fee at the motor carrier level (see below).

Motor carriers of private passengers only don’t need to register and pay fees under the UCR.

If UCR applies to you, you need to register in the UCR online system.
Register now

Motor carrier fees

Fees per fleet size


Fee under the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement for Registration

 

Bracket Number of commercial motor vehicles owned or operated by exempt or non-exempt motor carrier, private carrier, or freight forwarder  Fee per entity for exempt or non-exempt motor carrier, private carrier, or freight forwarder Fee per entity for broker or leasing company 
B1 0-2  $59  $59
B2 3-5  176  
B3 6-20  351
B4 21-100  1,224
B5 101-1,000  5,835
 B6  1,001 and above  56,977

 

Example: A motor carrier operating 4 tractors, and 9 straight trucks has a fleet size of 13 commercial motor vehicles and pays $368.