The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Program requires all individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business under the UCR program and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. This program applies to all interstate motor carriers, motor private carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies.
Companies operating solely as brokers, freight forwarders or leasing companies are required to register and pay a fee applicable to one truck. Companies providing both motor carrier services as well as the broker, freight forwarder or leasing services are required to pay the fee level set at the motor carrier level.
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 rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater.
- is designed to transport 11 or more passengers (including the driver).
- is used in transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.
You are not required to carry a credential in the vehicle, but it is a wise idea to carry a copy of the receipt that was issued when fees were paid in the vehicle. It is also important to know that you must update this registration annually.