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Understanding The UCR Registration Plan



As a professional freight broker and trucking company owner, being compliant is the key to having your business long term. Understanding the renewal process of the UCR Registration Act is vital to stay in good standing with the FMCSA. You can learn more about the UCR by visiting the Federal Website at https://plan.ucr.gov/ . If your needing to renew your UCR filing, you can visit the renewal page here https://www.ucr.gov/#%20

There are 5 categories that determine if you must file for a UCR. If your trucking company or freight brokerage fits in either one of these categories, then filing for a UCR is mandatory.

  1. Operations requiring a USDOT number for interstate transportation

  2. Operations requiring a MC or MX number from the FMCSA

  3. Interstate brokers

  4. Interstate leasing companies

  5. Interstate freight forwarders


What is the UCR?


The UCR ACT, established in 2005 requires motor carriers, freight brokers, and freight forwarders that are involved for profit in interstate commerce. The annual fee is based upon the fleet size of trucking companys and freight brokers and freight forwarders are subject to the minimum fee. The UCR is used for funding and maintaining the State roads and highways and safety programs.


UCR fees are based on the total number of vehicles operated by a carrier. Trailers are not counted as vehicles. The number of commercial motor vehicles for purposes of determining carrier UCR fees is the number of self-propelled commercial motor vehicles the carrier reported in the most recent Form MCS-150 filed with the FMCSA.


How do I determine our fleet size?


Fleet size is determined by the number of commercial vehicles listed on your USDOT number or by the total number of commercial vehicles operated between June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Trailers no longer count towards the fleet size. Brokers and Freight Forwarders will be on the 0-2 vehicle bracket.


What vehicles are exempt?


Cargo carriers under 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and passenger carriers with a seating capacity of 10 or less including the driver. Also, vehicles that do not cross state lines.


What are The UCR Fees based upon ?


For for-hire motor carriers transporting property or passengers and motor private carriers transporting property, the UCR fees are based only on the total number of commercial motor vehicles operated.


The UCR fees for brokers, freight forwarders (those, that is, that do not operate motor vehicles – the UCR fees of those that do are based on fleet size), and leasing companies are levied at the smallest fee category. UCR fees depend not at all on the extent of a carrier’s operations, only on the fact that it is engaged to some extent in interstate commerce.



Logistical Forwarding Solutions can help you with your UCR filing and renewal process.