Unified Registration System Launched for New Applicants
The FMCSA monitors and ensures compliance with regulations governing both safety (all carriers) and commerce (for-hire carriers). Companies may find they are subject to both registration requirements (USDOT Number and MC Number) or either one separately. To determine if you need to apply for a US DOT number, click here.
FMCSA has launched a phased rollout of the Unified Registration System (URS). All new registration applicants must use the new URS Application.
URS combines various forms that carriers, freight forwarders and brokers currently use to register and update their information with the Agency into a single, online registration application.
Only the initial registration by new applicants will be done using the URS online registration application.
For more general information on URS, click here.
Unified Registration System
•When fully implemented, everyone subject to the URS rule will use the online application to register and update their information with FMCSA.
•All businesses subject to the rule must have a FMCSA portal account before January 14, 2017. Visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/urs. The portal provides instructions and support for obtaining an account.
•The USDOT number will become the sole identifier. MC, FF, MX, and other FMCSA-assigned numbers will no longer be issued, and FMCSA will no longer accept them as references for filings or other matters. FMCSA will issue numbers to registered businesses without a USDOT number (e.g., small motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers) before January 14, 2017.
•New and existing hazardous materials motor carriers and exempt for-hire carriers must provide financial responsibility (insurance) filings beginning January 14, 2017 (there is a grace period for existing hazardous materials motor carriers and exempt-for-hire carriers, with enforcement deferred until April 14, 2017.)
•Beginning January 14, 2017, all new applicants must select a process agent to file the Form BOC-3 on their behalf before their registration will be granted. A process agent ensures the FMCSA and injured parties can serve legal papers to motor carriers, brokers, or freight forwarders in any state where the registered entities operate. The BOC-3 form must include all states for which process agent designations are required. FMCSA will deactivate USDOT numbers for companies that fail to designate a process agent (there is a grace period for currently registered businesses, with enforcement deferred until April 14, 2017.)
•A new fee schedule will be implemented on January 14, 2017.
Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Information
UCR stands for “Unified Carrier Registration,” which is not an FMCSA program. It refers to an agreement among the states set up by Congress governing the collection and distribution of registration information and UCR fees paid to states by motor carriers, private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies pursuant to 49 U.S.C. Section 14504a. The fees collected support state motor carrier safety activities.