What is Unified Carrier Registration?

The Unified Carrier Registration Program was developed to assist in funding FMCSA support and enforcement expenditures. There is currently a proposed fee increase on the table for 2010. Program registration has continued to be approximately 75% below original projections since it was instituted. This problem, in conjunction with the current federal and state deficits, has caused federal and state agencies to step up enforcement. Stricter enforcement leads to more fines. More fines mean MORE MONEY IN THE GOVERNMENT POCKET and LESS MONEY IN YOURS. By simply entering your DOT number into their computer, enforcement officers will know instantly if you are currently enrolled in the UCR program. Penalties and fines vary for each state and can be much more expensive than the cost of registration, especially for the small business trucker. It is important that your DOT information be up to date because you will be charged according to the information provided to FMCSA.

UCR Fees

*There is a system fee for expedited service.
Vehicles 2009 2010 2011 2012  
0
$39.00 $76.00 $76.00 $76.00
Fee per entity for broker or leasing company
1
$39.00 $76.00 $76.00 $76.00  
2
$39.00 $76.00 $76.00 $76.00
As of 2010, trailers will no longer be included in total vehicle count
3-5
$116.00 $227.00 $227.00 $227.00  
6-20
$231.00 $452.00 $452.00 $452.00  
21-100
$806.00 $1,576.00 $1,576.00 $1,576.00  
101-1000
$3,840.00 $7,511.00 $7,511.00 $7,511.00  
1001 and above
$37,500.00 $73,346.00 $73,346.00 $73,346.00  

Links

UCR Enforcement Penalties by State **See what it could cost you if you DON'T register**

UCR 2010 Proposed Fee Increase (full federal proposal)

UCR Act Full Version (update 03.05.09)

Unified Carrier Registration Act by Topic - Quick Links